U.S. Marshals capture sex offender who hid girls in crawlspace

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 4:17pm

U.S. Marshals on Tuesday arrested a wanted Nashville sex offender shortly after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation added him to its most wanted list.

Marshals in Ohio tracked Christopher Wayne Federico, 33, whose last known address was 2405 Pafford Drive in Nashville, to a relative’s home in Tupper’s Plains, Ohio, around 1 p.m. Tuesday, not two hours after the TBI issued a release adding Federico to its most wanted list.

Agents found Federico “huddled with his mother in a closet” under clutter, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Danny Shelton. His mother, Janet Federico, was arrested for obstructing justice.

Christopher Federico was wanted by the Metro Nashville Police Department for assault, resisting arrest, evading arrest, violating his probation and violation of the sex offender registry, according to an earlier TBI release.

He was found with two underage girls during a home check on July 26. The two girls, ages 14 and 6, were found in a crawlspace in a bedroom after Federico said they weren’t in his home.

Federico allegedly assaulted a police officer and fled on foot.

He was convicted of attempted aggravated sexual battery in 2005, and the 14-year-old was Federico’s original victim. She was 8 years old at the time of the offense.

His criminal history includes sex offenses, driving on a suspended license and writing worthless checks, according to the TBI.

U.S. Marshals, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole were involved in the investigation.

Federico was taken to the Meigs County, Ohio, jail pending extradition to Tennessee.

9 Comments on this post:

By: AmyLiorate on 8/10/10 at 3:32

How in the hell did this piece of crud get the 14 year old victim back into his reach?
There is a big part of this story missing.

Overall the problem is that they guy was convicted of sexual battery on an eight year old and is out of jail only 6 years later!

Our justice system has to focus on these predators and lock them up.

Sure it was "attempted" aggravated sexual battery. That only means that this creep is a failure and a pervert. People who abuse children should serve serious time.

By: nature on 8/10/10 at 4:05

Why isn't this buy in prison huddling with his girlfriend Bubba? And whako liberals, don't tell me this guy is the way he is because he was abused as a child. Or it's a genetic thing. Rape? Like AmyLiorate said, attempted aggravated sexual battery is rape! This guy can get the help he needs in prison. They have Psychologists there. And Bubba's waiting!

By: rdj3rd on 8/10/10 at 9:47

If he were convicted on sexual assult of a minor on the first attempt, he'd be serving 25 yrs. without parole. Bubba whould enjoy this guy for a long time!

Sexual assult on a minor in Tennessee:

Child's age Jail time

Up to 12 yrs. 25 yrs., no parole
Between 13 & 17 yrs. 20 yrs., no parole

By: AmyLiorate on 8/11/10 at 8:08

So it looks like he got a pass because he wasn't so successful at his pedophilia?

Convicted of "attempted aggravated sexual battery" must mean that he got almost NO jail time.

I hope the time for hitting the cop, fleeing the state and violating his probation and the sex offender registry add up to more than 25 years w/out parole.

People who victimize children have no place in society.

By: budlight on 8/11/10 at 8:27

By: AmyLiorate on 8/10/10 at 4:32
How in the hell did this piece of crud get the 14 year old victim back into his reach?
There is a big part of this story missing.

AND I hope his mother goes down with him. What's with these women who raise criminals and then try to protect them? Are they crazy? Just the the one in New Mexico or wherever it was that a mother and girl friend (also cousin) aided jail break. ARE they crazy or what?

By: lamons on 8/11/10 at 8:35

Hey nature, wanting and demanding strict punishment for pedophiles is not a liberal or conservative thing. Only the most extreme would not want this guy locked up for a very long time. Liberals also want fair and equal punishment for crimes of this nature as well as any violent crime, armed robbery, murder, etc. The liberal stance is that the punishment should be the same for a poor uneducated as for a rich college degreed individual and unfortunately, the rich can buy their way out.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/11/10 at 10:22

according to public record it appears that he took a plea deal and got a lesser charge. 8 years - serve 90 days then the rest was "supervised" probation. disgusting.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/11/10 at 10:23

the judge was Dozier.

By: nature on 8/11/10 at 1:29

Hey lamons, thank you for your comments on my opinion. And it's just that, my opinion. You are correct about equal judgement for all. The main thing to do is for all of us to make sure that laws are enforced. If the punishment phase of the justice system is not working, we need to change the laws to make sure that these animals are punished and not released onto society to prey on other children.
No matter their political philosophy, people cannot excuse these animals' actions. Thank you for pointing that out lamons. My fight is not with a person sharing their opinion on this page. My fight is with this,this, thing and the system for allowing it out in society.