Sexual predator who escaped local halfway house caught nearly 1 year later

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 2 at 4:44 AM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – Authorities have arrested a registered sex offender who had been on the run for nearly a year after escaping from a local halfway house in 2013.

U.S. Marshals tell News 4 Frederick Buettner was taken into custody Monday night at a gas station at Grand and Alberta in south St. Louis.  A woman who happened to stop at the gas station for a soda noticed Buettner working there.

She immediately went to the Facebook page dedicated to finding the man and showed a nearby officer his picture.  

Buettner had shaved his beard and dyed and cut his hair.

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Buettner in 2004 pleaded guilty to raping his daughter when she was between the ages of 3 and 5. He was imprisoned in Feb. 2005 on a 10-year sentence, but was released in May, 2013.

Authorities say he was at Another Chance Ministry, a halfway house in East St. Louis, on July 8, 2013, when he simply cut off an ankle monitor used for electronic monitoring and walked away.

“He’s a dangerous individual and no one is safe as long as he is out there,” Heather Claxton, the mother of Buettner’s daughter, told News 4 in July.

Buettner was only six weeks into his parole at the time.

Buettner will face felony federal charges for failing to comply with sex offender requirements, a source tells News 4.

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