A teenage quadriplegic, brain-injured and confined to a wheelchair, repeatedly molested by his own perverted caregiver.
The disgusting deed was caught on surveillance video, and police in two countries are now trying to catch the creep convicted of the crime – a former Calgarian believed to be hiding in Canada.
“He’s wanted for several counts of sexual misconduct with a minor,” said Deputy Jason Ogan of the Pima County, Arizona Sheriff’s Department.
George Ross Wilcox vanished before a Pima County Superior Court could sentence him for the crime after he was found guilty of four counts of sexual conduct with a minor under 15.
It was June 9, 2009, when Wilcox fled Arizona and a seemingly certain jail sentence after the court found him guilty – in part based on the video which documented the pedophile attacks on the child.
So keen are police to catch and jail 53-year-old Wilcox, who was born and raised in Calgary, that the case was given top billing on America’s Most Wanted, a website and TV show dedicated to catching fugitive criminals.
“Before Wilcox was sentenced, he took off. He is a Canadian citizen and police believe he may have fled the states – hiding out in Calgary or Vancouver, Canada,” reads the Most Wanted description.
From a family with nine brothers and sisters, Wilcox still has strong family connections to Calgary, including his mother, father and many of his siblings.
Other family has moved to B.C.’s coast, and the avid fisherman and computer consultant was allegedly spotted in Vancouver late last year.
Since then, Wilcox has vanished and police believe the six-foot-one, 180-pound father might have chosen his former home as a new place to hide.
“He is wanted here and I can confirm there is an extradition order,” said Calgary Police Insp. Darren Cave.
Pima County police, working with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, want Wilcox returned to Arizona, where sexual crimes against teens under the age of 15 carry a 27-year maximum sentence.
Police aren’t the only ones wanted Wilcox to face justice for molesting the quadriplegic boy, who suffers from a brain injury which leaves him severely disabled.
“That was one thing they said in court, that there was no lasting harm to the child because he’s very much unaware of what’s around him,” said a relative of Wilcox, reached in Alberta.
“Not that it changes anything (Wilcox) did to him.”
A close relative of Wilcox, she agreed to speak with QMI Agency on condition of anonymity – she is among a group of family members secretly working with police to turn the fugitive in.
The whole case, she says, has divided the family into those who want George Ross Wilcox to face justice in Arizona, and those who are struggling to accept that he’s a pedophile, despite the overwhelming evidence.
“It was so out of the blue – at first we were all completely shocked that the allegation had even been made,” she said.
“Never in a million years would we have thought this possible – he’s always been around children in the family. Never would I have imagined that this would be the case.”
She describes her family as stable and normal, without any of the typical triggers that might be found in the background of a future child molester.
“I was so floored when I found out, and we all were – it was devastating to the whole family,” she said.
“There are still those in the family that don’t believe it.”
She describes Wilcox as very clever and cunning, though she also slams the Arizona court for failing to keep him in custody before sentencing.
“The judge asked him if he had a passport, but then it wasn’t taken away,” she said. “It’s almost like they were telling him to go.”
With nearly two years having passed since Wilcox fled Arizona, she says the family members who want him caught continue to watch for him while updating police.
She says there’s little anyone in the family can do to convince him to surrender – even a public plea would just fall on deaf ears.
“I don’t think there’s anything I can say to him now that will make a difference.”