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Prosecutor to request higher bail for convicted child molester

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Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist plans to request a higher bail amount for convicted child rapist Theodore Burnett who was caught thanks to tips from “Washington's Most Wanted” viewers.

Burnett was released from jail on $10,000 bond early Saturday morning after being arrested last Thursday. He pled not guilty to one count of failure to register as a sex offender when he was arraigned.

“The deputy prosecutor asked for the standard bail given the information he had at the time of arraignment. Based on new and additional information, we will be requesting a hearing to significantly raise the bail amount and get this defendant back into custody where he belongs. We will base our arguments on the risk of flight and his danger to the community,” said Lindquist.

Burnett was caught thanks to two “Washington’s Most Wanted” viewers who spotted him behind a Chevron gas station in Spanaway.

"He went in the bushes and chugged a beer, started to walk toward Home depot and then he saw a Pierce County vehicle stopped at the light and went straight back into the bushes. That just confirmed my suspicion,” said the anonymous tipsters who helped deputies catch him. “We drove around to the Cash America parking lot to make sure he didn't get out of sight and that's where Pierce County picked him up.”

Burnett had been wanted since Feb. 1, 2016 for failure to register as a sex offender. In 1994, he was convicted of sex abuse first degree and sodomy first degree in Linn County, Ore. He had sexually abused an 8-year-old girl on at least two separate occasions. That same year, he was also convicted of another count of sex abuse first degree. The victim was a 9-year-old girl. In 1978, Burnett was convicted of rape in the third degree for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl, who he also got pregnant.

"He did not participate in sex offender treatment, so he has not had any help other than being incarcerated," said Pierce County Det. Ed Troyer.

Prosecutors will make the bail request at Burnett's next court hearing scheduled for May 17.

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