He served eight years in prison.
The records say Houk told the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office that he needed help and had been touching the girl.
Officers didn't do that with Houk because of the children in the vehicle - who turned out to not be strapped in - and reports that Houk had a gun and had threatened the children, Rodriguez said.
The children's mother was said to be on her way to Bakersfield to be reunited with them. The suspect, later identified as Stephen Houk, 46, was believed to have been involved in a domestic violence incident and had been chased earlier in the day by sheriff's deputies in the Santa Clarita area, until that pursuit was canceled. According to court documents in Oregon, Houk was convicted of sodomy in 2002.
Authorities hunted Tuesday night for a paroled sex offender who led them on an hours-long chase through California in a motor home with his two young children inside. WE also have learned that Houk is a registered. Police said he is considered armed.
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The chase transitioned to the 170 North which turns into the 5 Freeway, before continuing north to the Bakersfield area.
Police then found the baby inside and Houk nowhere in sight. Rodriguez added the police were trying to be as patient as possible with the driver as it was believed the other 11-month-old child was still inside the RV.
That afternoon, detectives from the Major Crimes Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in the mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles tried to detain the parolee, who was wanted for evading authorities, child abduction, child endangerment and weapons violations, according to a department statement.
That led to a chase into Hollywood after which north by freeway with greater than a dozen CHP patrol vehicles following the motorhome.
Officers eventually surrounded the motorhome with armored vehicles and patrol cars, guns drawn, waiting for Houk to emerge.