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Authorities seek whereabouts of alleged child sexual predator

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{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=64|imageid=441|displayname=0|float=left}In August 2010, Beck, 40, of 527 Snider Ave., Nashville, was indicted in Wilson County on nine counts of rape of a child, 16 counts of rape and 10 counts of sexual exploitation of minors. He was also indicted on three counts of rape of a child in Rutherford County.

According to Harrison, Becks alleged victims were two female family members in Wilson and Rutherford counties. Harrison said at the time Beck failed to appear in court, he was out on a $150,000 bond in Wilson and a $1 million bond in Rutherford County.

As we understand it, there are several bonding companies that have gone out of business in Rutherford County as a result of this, Harrison said.

Harrison said through investigation of Becks personal computer by the TBI, authorities believed he had planned to flee several months before his court date. Harrison noted Beck reportedly purchased equipment that would help him avoid capture and that Beck looked online for ways to hide from police.

Harrison would not go into detail on the equipment Beck is believed to have purchased to avoid capture.

It is my belief that he is still in Tennessee or in an adjacent state, the strong family ties in these areas would support that, Harrison said.

Authorities also believe Becks family has supported him in avoiding capture by law enforcement.

We believe certain family members are still assisting him, Harrison said.

He indicated the WCSD has asked the 15th Judicial District Attorneys office to review evidence that could lead to filing aiding and abetting charges against certain family members.

Beck reportedly has family in Lebanon, Madison and Huntsville, Ala. and in Pell City, Ala. At the time of his failure to appear in court last year, the TBI believed he had fled to Pell City.

We are not giving up, we are not going to stop looking until he is captured, Harrison said.

Several tips and leads have been found in several states since Becks failure to appear, with Harrison noting that one lead came from as far away as Alaska, however, that lead proved to be of little value.

Harrison said law enforcement agencies notified airlines and all border stations, as well as suspending Becks passport in attempts to prevent him from fleeing the country.

The TBI lists Beck on their Top 10 Wanted Persons for Tennessee list and his story also appeared on Americas Most Wanted.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=64|imageid=442|displayname=0|float=right}

Beck is a white male, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 240 pounds with black hair and hazel eyes. Harrison said Beck is known as Gene among his family and friends and has a distinct tattoo on his left shoulder of a heart with the name April across it.

Authorities are asking the public to be on the lookout for this suspect and to notify law enforcement of any information or if you have seen Beck.

You may call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463), the Wilson County Sheriffs Department at 444-1412 or any local law enforcement if you see Beck outside of Wilson County. He is listed in the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Crime Information Center Database and can be searched by any law enforcement agency.

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