SEVERE WX : Red Flag Warning View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Accused Southern Oregonian Sex Predators Found in Mississippi

The couple disappeared in the year 2000 after being charged with sex abuse crimes. Now they have been found—one of them alive, the other dead.

Posted: Jul 26, 2018 12:27 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2018 12:36 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — After nearly 18 years, authorities believe that they have located two fugitives accused of sex abuse crimes. The couple fled prosecution in Klamath County back in the year 2000, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

On January 7, 2000, a Circuit Court Judge in Klamath County issued arrest warrants for Victoria Michelle Cravitz and Leon Henry Shaw for their alleged involvement in the sexual molestation of several children between the ages of six and seventeen in Klamath Falls.

Those crimes were believed to have started in December of 1989 and continued until February of 1999. Shaw faced two counts of sodomy, four counts of sex abuse, five counts of rape, six counts of felon in possession of a firearm, and obstructing governmental administration charges. Cravitz's charges include three counts of rape in the first degree and one count of sodomy in the first degree.

Yet Shaw and Cravitz were not found and brought into custody at the time. In October of 2000, a federal judge in Medford issued unlawful flight to avoid prosecution (fugitive) warrants for both Shaw and Cravitz.

On Wednesday, the FBI Jackson Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Cravitz in the Chatham community of Washington County, Mississippi. Shaw was confirmed to be deceased.

The FBI says that Cravitz, living under the assumed name Jennifer Larsen, took Shaw to a hospital due to an illness. Shaw died of natural causes at the hospital and questions about his true identity arose when administrators attempted to generate a death certificate. Someone then approached the FBI.

“This case is an excellent example of our determination to see justice done regardless of time limits,” said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “The FBI's commitment to bringing justice to crime victims will never waver.”

Cravitz had her initial appearance before a federal magistrate in the Southern District of Mississippi on Thursday and will be extradited back to Oregon to face both Federal and State charges.

"Our County intends to prosecute Ms. Cravitz to the full extent of the law," said Eve Costello, Klamath County District Attorney. "Her and her husband's abuse of multiple children have created long term negative ramifications for many individuals. The allegations involve the kidnap, rape and torture of a number of young girls since before 2000 when the case first came to light to DHS. DHS was able to intervene, but Ms. Cravitz and Mr. Shaw took off out of county. We are glad to see their whereabouts determined and plan to seek justice for the victims."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 19366

Reported Deaths: 328
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah449793
Washington284923
Marion269268
Umatilla206024
Clackamas142136
Malheur67610
Deschutes5408
Lane5233
Lincoln3959
Jackson3941
Union3882
Yamhill38611
Jefferson3113
Morrow3051
Polk29612
Linn25410
Klamath1961
Wasco1703
Hood River1690
Benton1576
Douglas1341
Josephine1071
Coos850
Clatsop820
Columbia790
Crook431
Baker330
Lake320
Tillamook300
Wallowa191
Sherman150
Curry140
Harney80
Gilliam40
Grant20
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 516851

Reported Deaths: 9441
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1938774702
Orange37813651
Riverside37011695
San Bernardino33432418
San Diego29883565
Kern20651144
Fresno15083138
San Joaquin11885180
Alameda11524189
Santa Clara10794191
Sacramento10122145
Tulare9745189
Imperial9448222
Stanislaus9221112
Contra Costa8033127
Ventura734476
San Francisco691661
Santa Barbara616760
San Mateo5683119
Marin509270
Monterey492430
Kings445356
Merced428550
Solano361137
Sonoma311339
Madera194330
Placer192516
San Luis Obispo190216
Yolo157242
Santa Cruz11524
Butte9417
Napa8888
Sutter7976
San Benito6474
El Dorado6371
Lassen6260
Yuba5024
Shasta3909
Glenn3321
Colusa3314
Mendocino3229
Nevada2991
Tehama2341
Humboldt2334
Lake2081
Mono1451
Tuolumne1412
Amador1260
Calaveras1251
Del Norte880
Siskiyou730
Inyo611
Mariposa572
Plumas330
Trinity50
Alpine20
Modoc20
Sierra20
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
89° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 89°
Brookings
Overcast
59° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 59°
Crater Lake
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 86°
Grants Pass
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 86°
Klamath Falls
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 86°
Thunderstorm chances ahead
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events