Accused child molester Gary Lee St. John

Gary Lee St. John is accused of preying on his two step-granddaughters and their friend. In 1998, his 12-year-old step-granddaughter came forward, claiming St. John fondled her and forced her to touch his genitals during frequent summer fishing trips in California. The girl's friend also claimed that during one of those trips she, too, was molested. Then, his 6-year-old step-granddaughter told her mom that St. John had molested her at his Nevada home.

St. John was charged with 28 felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child in California—enough to put him away for life. In Nevada, he was charged with sexual assault and lewdness with a child under 14. St. John posted $60,000 bail. Nearly 10 years ago, St. John vanished on Thanksgiving Day.
Mark Monteilh and Dr. Miller helped capture Gary Lee St. John.

In December 2006, a patient at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Louisiana raised red flags for social worker Mark Monteilh. "We weren't trying to capture a criminal. We were trying to identify a patient," Mark says. The 67-year-old mystery man had suffered a severe stroke and could not speak, and his identification belonged to a deceased person from California. Mark, who worked in law enforcement for nine years, suspected the frail man was living a lie. "One of my first statements was, 'He's running from someone. He's running from something.'"

Mark asked Dr. Tim Miller to help him question the man. "I asked him if he was from California and he shook his head no. I went to the neighboring states and finally went to Nevada, and he finally shook his head yes," Dr. Miller says. After further questioning, Dr. Miller determined he was from Reno and his name was Gary.

After Dr. Miller conducted a quick Google search with the terms "Gary," "Reno," "Nevada" and "Fugitive," he stumbled across the unthinkable. "The first thing that popped up was a profile of a Mr. Gary Lee St. John who was wanted in Nevada," Dr. Miller says.

Together, the men confronted their patient. "Dr. Miller quickly asked him if his name was Gary Lee St. John and … he nodded yes. [St. John] started crying profoundly, weeping," Mark says. "We looked at each other in amazement and said we can't believe that we just caught one of the biggest fugitives in America."
Gary Lee St. John's trailer

In the decade that the FBI was on St. John's trail, no one suspected he was hiding in plain sight in the tiny town of Kinder, Louisiana. Residents say he was quiet, secluded and "a little different."

Living in a trailer, St. John became well-known for the colorful windmills and kites he sold along the roadside. Residents now wonder if he sold the toys to attract children. "People knew of him because of the business that he had, because of the time he spent at the casino," says FBI Special Agent Hall Jones. "He was well-known, or so they thought."

According to his landlord, St. John had a steady girlfriend who had children—and grandchildren.
Mark Monteilh, Dr. Tim Miller and Oprah

St. John has been extradited back to Nevada, where he is awaiting trial. He is being held without bail and could face up to two life sentences.

Neither Mark nor Dr. Miller was aware of Oprah's promise to award $100,000 to anyone providing information which leads to the capture or arrest of one of the fugitives on Oprah's Child Predator Watch List. Oprah presents both Mark and Dr. Miller with $50,000 checks.
FROM: Good News!
Published on January 01, 2006


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