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Registered sex offender back in custody

Posted at 10:02 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 00:20:13-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Shouts of joy rang out in a corner of Southwest Florida Thursday morning.

"I screamed, I said they got him, they got him, they got him," said a local mom.

Her joy came, as she was made aware that handcuffs were being slapped on this 33-year-old Kyndall Hutchins, all the way in Rhode Island.

"I'd like to say Kyndall I told you we were gonna get you. We got you. Justice is going to be served and I'm waiting for you here in Lee county the minute you get here," she said.

That woman is the mother of Hutchins' most recent alleged sexual assault victims.

Hutchins is accused of sexually assaulting that woman's teen daughter in the parking lot of the restaurant they both worked at in 2020.

He spent two days in jail in connection to the crime and then bailed out last summer, with an ankle monitor.

Court documents show early last week he apparently took the monitor off and then took off, skipping a court date and then town.

"He'd have kept running had somebody not stepped up and said, 'This is where this guy is at.' This guy would have kept running," said Trish Routte with SWFL Crime Stoppers.

Hutchins was picked up in a hotel near Providence, Rhode Island, with a woman and her child.

Routte says a tipster is the one who let them know where he was.

"Maybe he thought he could just get out of the state and people would forget, uh uh, we're not forgetting a crime like this," he said.

It's a person that his alleged victim's mom says she's eternally grateful to.

"I don't know who you are, but I thank you, my daughter thanks you, my family thanks you and I'm sure the community thanks you," she said.

On top of the two counts of sexual assault he's already facing in connection to this case, FOX 4 is told that Hutchins will be facing at least two other charges, for running and for tampering with that ankle monitor.

We got a Florida Gulf Coast University Professor and lawyer to weigh in on what's next in his case.

"We have a person in custody who has provided his word and his bond that says 'I am not going to run.' Well first of all he's broken that," said Pamella Seay.

Professor Seay says there could also be more charges on the way, because Hutchins is a registered sex offender.

"He failed to register in another state. The second thing is he was in the presence of another child," she said.

As far as the child he's wanted for right now, her mom says this is what justice will look like in their case.

"He's put away forever. That's what we need. He's a danger to society, he's a menace," she said.

That mother also says she's called her local representatives to see if new laws can be passed to keep registered sex offenders accused of assaulting children, from being granted bail at all.

Hutchins' run from the police has also left many in our community wondering why he was offered bond in the first place.

Seay also weighed in on that.

"It's hard for anyone to say. Was it wrong? Well, now we know! Now we know that was not the right decision. But judges have to make snap decisions they have to make immediate decisions, they have to be able to address a situation based on what information they have in front of them at that time," he said.

She also tells us it's likely Hutchins could now be facing a minimum of 15 to 20 years in prison, in connection to this case.