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I-Team: 'Most Dangerous' Sexual Offender Behind Bars
Sean Tuitama is a convicted sex offender.

LAS VEGAS -- The man Nevada Parole and Probation officers call Las Vegas' most dangerous sex offender is now behind bars. He was such a risk, parole officers kept him under 24-hour surveillance.

A loophole in the law allowed Sean Tuitama to stay out of jail for months. Now, Tuitama is locked up and is facing trial for even more sex crimes.

Starting at age 17, Tuitama was convicted of molesting three girls, including a 6-year-old. Tuitama's psychological exams proved alarming. Doctors diagnosed him as a pedophilic with schizoid traits who fantasized about rape.

According to police, Tuitama told doctors it was not a matter of if he'd rape again, but when. Tuitama, who is homeless, stayed at the Catholic Charities shelter. An undercover Metro Police detective met Tuitama at the Bonneville downtown bus stop and claimed she had a troubled 14-year-old daughter. The two exchanged phone numbers. The detective then posed as the daughter with Tuitama on the phone. The detective said it didn't take long for the phone conversations to turn sexual.

Police said Tuitama went to the south end of Circle Park with the intention of having sex with the 14-year-old girl. He was greeted by police who found two things he's forbidden to have: a cell phone that can send out text messages and a condom.

Parole officer Jason Buratczuk tailed Tuitama for months.

"I asked him, if we weren't there, was he going to have sex with a 14-year-old. And he stated, 'Yes, I guess you're right,'" Buratczuk said.

Tuitama would have been arrested several months prior, if not for a loophole in the law. Tuitama violated his lifetime supervision terms multiple times by repeatedly sexually harassing women and girls on local buses and near parks, state parole and probation officers said. However, lifetime supervision violations rarely get a court hearing and offenders typically only spend one night in jail.

That frustrated parole officers who ended up writing a legislative bill of their own that would make the violations a more serious offense. The idea being to keep sex offenders like Tuitama in jail.

Tuitama remains in jail without bail through his felony trial. The few officers working parole and probation spared no effort in watching Tuitama. It's the sex offenders they can't watch all the time that have officers worried.

Parole and probation officers say they received a surprising blow when they got word from headquarters their sex offender bill would not be consider by state lawmakers this year. The I-Team has learned the bill died at the governor's office.


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