Thirty years ago, Curtis Anton Beseda claimed moral justification for attacks on abortion clinics that landed him in prison. Now he has to find a moral excuse for his latest alleged offense: sexual molestation of an 11-year-old girl inside a Snohomish, Wash. retail store.
Snohomish County prosecutors allege that Beseda, 58, was at the Fred Meyer store at 2801 Bickford Ave. on Jan. 27 when he approached an 11-year-old girl who was waiting for her father outside a restroom.
Beseda leaned so close to the girl she could feel his breath on her ear, then he pressed his pelvis into her backside and fondled her buttocks and thigh, prosecutors wrote in the affidavit of probable cause that lays out the state’s case.
The victim says Beseda tried to persuade her to join him outside the store. Security cameras captured his physical contact upon the girl.
In 1984 Beseda was convicted of setting four fires to two different women’s medical clinics in Washington.
While still incarcerated in 1995, a national pro-life organization honored him at its national dinner.
Released in 1996 after serving 12 years of his 20-year sentence, parole violations brought Beseda back to prison in 1997.
According to the National Abortion Federation, Beseda’s earlier crime of arson on women’s clinics occurred 181 times between 1974 and 2012, a small portion of over 6,500 violent attacks upon such facilities in that 38-year period.