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Thursday, February 28, 2008

FL- Officials Identify Child Rape Suspect Killed By Deputies

2-6-2008 Florida:

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Officials have released the name of child rape suspect shot and killed by deputies Wednesday afternoon. They say Geoffrey Shaub had molested a 7-year-old Orlando boy.

Schaub also is believed to have multiple victims that he raped in both Orange County and the city of Orlando. Since the shooting, investigators were seen pulling bags and boxes of evidence from his home in a rural east Orange County neighborhood.

"It's hard to wrap my arms around what happened. I didn't see that side of him. It's still hard to absorb," said neighbor Sharon Alilcia.

But Luis Martinez said, "I knew something was wrong with that guy. I knew it, I knew it. I was telling my wife I don't want my kids around this guy."

Neighbors couldn't believe what was happening in their neighborhood. They said the man recently moved to the area. They said he spent his afternoons sitting on the front porch, sipping wine and waiting for the school bus to stop.

"Bus would stop, kids would get in the cars and he'd be in his brown chair on the front porch, said Emily Kipp, a neighbor.

Schaub was also an ordained minister who worked as a custodian at the Oviedo Presbytarian Church. Pastor Paul Ogne would not answer when asked if he knew Schaub was a sex offender. Ogne said that was part of his pastor/member confidentiality. He did praise his part-time custodian and fill-in pastor who recently graduated from an Oviedo seminary with a masters in biblical studies.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Orange County deputies and Orlando police sex units were tracking a man wanted for allegedly raping multiple children, some under the age of seven. They were sitting in an unmarked vehicle outside of his home waiting on a search warrant. The suspect got in his car to leave.

Sheriff Beary said his deputies boxed in the suspect, trying to leave him no option to run while they waited to get a warrant to search his home. That's when, deputies said, the suspect, pulled out a gun and tried to conceal it under a towel.

"Multiple victims, so this case is going to continue to unravel," said Sheriff Kevin Beary.

At least two deputies opened fire, striking the suspect.

"They did what they were supposed to do, that is take defensive action," Beary said.

The defensive action left the man dead. No details were released on the number of shots fired. Investigators from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Orlando police and the sheriff's office are working to piece it together.

People in the rural east Orange County community not far from Colonial Drive were shocked by their neighbor's death, but grateful he's out of their neighborhood. ..more.. by

Man who aimed at cops is linked to church
The convicted child molester, killed in the confrontation, was working as a janitor.

2-8-2008 Florida:

The convicted child molester shot and killed during a confrontation with Orange County deputies was a church janitor and theological-school student, authorities said Thursday.

Geoffrey Schaub, 62, of east Orange County, was fatally shot about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday outside his home in the 15500 block of Vienna Drive. Deputies said they fired when he pointed a single-shot flare gun wrapped in a cloth at two deputies who were assigned to perform surveillance outside his home.

Orlando police and Orange County deputies were investigating him in the molestation of a 7-year-old boy. Schaub recently moved from Orlando to the east Orange County residence where he was shot.

Investigators think he attacked the child multiple times at his Orlando home and one time at the east Orange residence, said Sgt. Rich Mankewich of the sheriff's sex-crimes unit.

A preliminary search of Schaub's home computer Thursday turned up child pornography, Mankewich said. Schaub had a prior conviction for fondling a child in Miami during the 1980s, according to records. He also was arrested inNew York during the 1970s in another attack on a child, Mankewich said.

Schaub worked 12 hours a week as a janitor at Oviedo Presbyterian Church and studied at nearby Reformed Theological Seminary, said church Pastor Paul Ogne. News of the fatal shooting reached the pastor just as Ash Wednesday services were beginning, he said.

"The church is heartbroken," Ogne said. "The fact that the church wasn't the instrument used to reach the child doesn't make us feel better."

Schaub attended the church for several years and taught an adult bible class in 2007, Ogne said. He did not serve in a role that placed him in close contact with children, the pastor said. The church is contacting members with children to make them aware of the issue. ..more.. by Willoughby Mariano can be reached at and at 407-420-5171.

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