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FBI fugitive caught at Tanner
Accused child rapist lived in Limestone County trailer park

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

TANNER — The hunt for an accused child rapist who fled Arkansas led FBI agents to Limestone County, where deputies helped them catch the fugitive Tuesday.

Fredrick Poland, 63, had been living at Lawson's Trailer Park, 10420 U.S. 31 S., under an assumed name since last May, said Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt.

Poland, who was out of jail in Arkadelphia, Ark., on $700,000 bond, never showed up for his 2004 trial on 40 counts of rape and 20 counts of possessing child pornography, McNatt said.

Since then, Poland has been sighted at various RV campgrounds in Southeast Texas and southern Louisiana, according to the FBI's Web site,

In October 2005, he underwent plastic surgery on his face.

A former nurse anesthetist Poland likes to portray himself as a doctor, the FBI said.

McNatt said Limestone County investigators searched Poland's residence and found IDs in the name of Michael Little, the alias Poland has been living under for the past year.

Poland was not under investigation by local authorities and faces no charges here, McNatt said.

He was being held at Limestone County Jail late Tuesday. Poland signed an extradition waiver and will be transported back to Arkansas, McNatt said.

Poland was arrested in 2003 on charges of raping two children in Arkadelphia from 2001 through 2003. The charges included 20 counts of raping a female child and 20 counts of raping a male child. After further investigation, authorities re-arrested Poland and charged him with 20 counts of possessing child pornography for still images and videos allegedly found on his computer, the FBI said.

A state arrest warrant was issued when he failed to appear in court, and Poland was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

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