Fla. Fugitive Caught; Accused of Molesting Girl, 6

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a 70-year-old man who became rich owning a chain of halfway houses in Alaska has been
captured in Mexico and faces a sexual charge involving a 6-year-old
Sarasota girl.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that William C. Weimar was
caught in Cancun Saturday and was being held in Texas awaiting
extradition to Florida.

Weimar pleaded guilty in 2008 of funneling money to a consultant
for a state Senate candidate for the candidate's support for a private prison project. It was part of the same corruption investigation that led to former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, being convicted of lying on Senate disclosure forms to conceal hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts from a wealthy businessman.

Stevens' case was later thrown out and he died in an August
plane crash.

Weimar was living in Sarasota.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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