MOST WANTED FUGITIVE
Marlon James Winters is wanted by the United States Marshals. Winters was charged with 5 counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a child and 2 counts Indecent Exposure with a child.
In 1988, within a few weeks after Winters left the Army in Germany and arrived in Orange County, Texas, investigators say little girls in the neighborhood already knew the bald-headed, slim man liked to "play games" with them. Investigators do not believe these were Winters only victims.
Winters would give them presents, teach them how to play drums and would take them on bicycle rides. As he groomed them and gained their confidence the "games" turned into molestation and rape.
He told two of his victims, sisters ages 6 and 9 whose mother had recently suffered a stroke, that she would die if they told anyone.
In 1999, Orange County, located along the border of Texas and Louisiana charged him with aggravated sexual assault and indecency with a child. On the eve of his trial in June 2000, Winters jumped a $15,000 bail and remains on the run.
When police searched a storage locker Winters had rented, they discovered hundreds of newspaper clippings with names and pictures of young boys and girls. "He was targeting other children," said K.C. Breshears, an investigator with the Orange County district attorney's office.
"My youngest still sleeps in my room because she's afraid he'll come back," one victim's mother said. "I know in my gut he's out there doing it to someone else's kid right now.
Winters wears glasses and described as 5 foot 9 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, with a small scar on the right side of his upper lip. Strangely, he shaves all his body hair.
Phone calls to and from his family's residences have been monitored by police with no activity.
In 2005, Winters was profiled on America's Most Wanted but there have been no solid leads, leading investigators to believe he may have fled back to Germany where his ex-wife and two daughters reside.
Police suspect he also molested his own daughters and victims may also include children who once lived in his military community. "This guy is just a sick twit to beat all," Breshears said. "We just need to get him off the streets."
A $2000 reward may still be offered for information that leads to the arrest of Marlon James Winters.
Anyone with information is asked to contact K.C. Breshears at 409-883-6764 or submit a tip to the United States Marshals Service at 1-877-WANTED2