A convicted abortion-clinic arsonist who was wanted in connection with the alleged groping of an 11-year-old girl in Snohomish last month was arrested last night in Pierce County, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
Curtis Anton Beseda, 58, of Snohomish, was charged with first-degree child molestation in Snohomish County Superior Court on Friday after numerous callers identified him to police as the man seen touching a girl in a grocery store surveillance video.
Beseda did not return to his home after the photos were released and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Shari Ireton, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said Beseda was arrested on the warrant in Pierce County, but did not have further details. He was transported to the Snohomish County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail, according to jail records.
According to charging documents, Beseda approached an 11-year-old girl at the Fred Meyer store in Snohomish on Jan. 27 while she was waiting for her father to use a restroom. He allegedly leaned into her backside, fondled her thigh and buttocks and said things that made the girl believe he was trying to lure her outside the store, prosecutors wrote in the affidavit of probable cause.
Beseda left the store when approached by a Starbucks employee, court documents say.
Beseda served 12 years in federal prison for setting three fires at an abortion clinic in Everett and one fire at a Bellingham women’s health clinic where abortions were performed in 1983 and 1984.
He has a history that includes involuntary mental health evaluations and criminal convictions for trespassing and assault, court records show.