Bellingham

Police: Groping suspect is abortion clinic bomber

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) - Snohomish County authorities believe that the man who groped an 11-year-old girl at a Snohomish grocery store last month is the same man who fire-bombed abortion clinics in Everett and Bellingham in the 1980's.
   
The Everett Herald reports at least eight people identified Curtis Anton Beseda as the man seen in video surveillance released to the media on Tuesday.
   
Prosecutors on Friday charged the 58-year-old Beseda with first-degree child molestation in connection with the groping. A judge issued a $250,000 arrest warrant for Beseda. Police say he hasn't returned to his Snohomish apartment in a few days. His vehicle also is missing.
   
Beseda became a convicted martyr for the anti-abortion movement in the 1980s after he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for arsons at abortion clinics. Beseda was revered by other anti-abortionists and was honored at a national banquet in 1995.