Fugitive child predator from San Diego featured on ‘The Hunt'

A dangerous child predator accused of molesting several children in San Diego County was featured on CNN’s “The Hunt with John Walsh” this Sunday.

Frederick McLean, now 63, has been at large for nearly a decade.

McLean was an auto mechanic who restored vintage race cars. In 2004, his family allegedly confronted him about multiple abuse allegations and he confessed. In January 2005, he was charged in San Diego County Superior Court with four counts of child molestation and one count of lewd and lascivious acts with a child. Since then, he has been linked to at least 10 cases.

However, the father of two sold everything he owned and fled as investigators were building their case against him. He reportedly disappeared with an estimated $100,000 in cash or more. He remains on the U.S. Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted list.

McLean is suspected of having molested children over a 20-year period by abusing his power as a Jehovah’s Witness. One victim alleged he molested her at least 100 times, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.  

Authorities said McLean left behind a coded treasure map that indicated there may be buried treasure somewhere, but no one has been able to decipher it.

He is considered armed and dangerous. He may have changed his appearance and could be living under an assumed identity, authorities say.

He is described as white, 5-foot-11, 170 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He could still be living in north San Diego County or southern Riverside County.

His specialty was CAN-AM racers, specifically Lola chassis race cars, from the 1960s and 1970s. He may still have a 1955 Chevrolet, which last had a license plate of 4WQH018.

Anyone who sees him should call 911.

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