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Police search for potential victims of 'predatory sex offender' who formerly lived in Racine

Police search for potential victims of 'predatory sex offender' who formerly lived in Racine

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RACINE — The Waukesha Police Department is looking for potential victims of a 67-year-old “predatory sex offender” who lived in Racine from 1996 to 2003. Police are confident that more victims will be identified.

Gary D. Ewing, of Oconomowoc, was charged on Jan. 24 in Waukesha County with four counts of repeated sexual assault of a child and one count of sexual assault of a child younger than 16 years old.

In Racine, Ewing was known to live in the 700 block of Eighth Street and in the former Lakefront YMCA, 725 Lake Ave., in room 403, according to Waukesha Police.

According to Waukesha Police, Ewing sexually assaulted six children who were not related to him in Waukesha and Dousman. Police found out about these alleged crimes when a victim, in January, reported the prior incidents to law enforcement.

His victims are both male and female and range in age from infants to teenagers.

“Ewing would befriend the family and offer to watch the children or take the children to the park while the parent/s were home, ran errands, or were at work,” Waukesha Police said in a statement. “Ewing has a small fishing boat and camping gear and possibly used those to spend time alone with children.”

Ewing was convicted of sex offenses multiple times in Illinois, beginning in 1982 for indecent liberties with a child. In 1985 he was convicted of sexual assault with force; he was convicted of aggravated sexual assault in 1990 and indecent exposure in 1994.

Ewing was not required to register as a sex offender because the Illinois Sex Offender registry did not start until 1999.

He generally held blue-collar jobs and was not affiliated with any schools or churches while living in Racine, according to Waukesha Police Lt. Kevin Rice.

In 2003, Ewing moved from Racine to Waukesha and then, in 2008, moved to Oconomowoc, where he still lives.

The Waukesha Police Department is looking for help from the communities in which Ewing resided in locating potential sexual assault victims. Anyone who recognizes Ewing and is aware that he had unsupervised access to children in Wisconsin from 1996 forward is asked to contact Detective Shelly Fisher of the Waukesha Police Department at 262-524-3831.

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Caitlin Sievers covers education in Racine County with a primary focus on Racine Unified School District. Before moving to the Racine area she worked at small papers in Indiana, Illinois and Nebraska.

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