The woman didn’t know Charles Wunder was a registered sex offender when she agreed to let her 8-year-old son spend time with him while she worked in a nearby restaurant.
She found out about Wunder’s past after she went to check on her son July 10 and found the boy and Wunder had disappeared. She called Tacoma police.
Wunder brought the boy back while officers were still on scene. He said they’d gone to get food and look at boats on the waterfront; the boy said they’d went to a motel and watched television.
Pierce County prosecutors charged Wunder with first-degree kidnapping with sexual motivation, attempted first-degree child molestation and failure to register as a sex offender.
He pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail.
Wunder was convicted in 2008 of second-degree child molestation and third-degree assault with sexual motivation.
In the recent incident, he admitted hugging the boy and sliding his hand up the boy’s leg, prosecutors said.
“The defendant said that ‘things were starting to happen all over again, just like seven years ago,’ ” according to charging papers.
The boy said Wunder asked him to keep the “sex” a secret but refused to speak with a forensic interviewer about what happened in the motel, court records show.
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