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Sex Offender in Utah Stole School Bus and Tried to Pick Up Child: Cops

Sex Offender 'Tried To Pick Up Kid Using Stolen School Bus' 1:10

A convicted sex offender allegedly stole a school bus and tried to pick up a child at her home in Utah, according to authorities.

Patrick James Fredricksen, 30, was arrested on Monday after the Emery County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious man driving a school bus. An investigation showed that Fredricksen — who is on parole —was working for a landscaping company in Huntingdon, Utah, when he walked off the job and stole a car, NBC affiliate KSL reported.

"After stealing the school bus and using a list he found in the bus containing names and directions, Fredricksen attempted to pick one child up at her home and was asking directions to a second child's home," the Emery County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. It said Fredricksen faces multiple charges including theft of vehicle, attempted child kidnapping.

Fredrickson's prior convictions include unlawful sexual activity with a minor, impersonating a police officer, forgery, theft, possession of an altered prescription, and criminal mischief, KSL reported.

- Shamar Walters