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Vigilante pedophile hunter pleads guilty to assaulting three registered sex offenders

January 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Vigilante pedophile hunter pleads guilty to assaulting three registered sex offenders

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An Alaska man accused of using the sex offender registry to track down and dole out vigilante justice recognizes “there is no place for vigilante justice” after pleading guilty to assaulting three child sex offenders in 2016.

Jason Vukovich used the sex offender registry to locate his victims. One of the men, who had registered as a sex offender in 2006, was assaulted with a hammer and sustained debilitating injuries.

All three victims had committed crimes against children. Additionally, Vukovich, who has a long history of run-ins with the law, admitted that he was abused when he was a child.

Many residents hailed Vukovich’s actions after his arrest, and called him a “hero.”

According to KTUU, the 42-year-old originally said that he wanted a prison sentence that was not longer than the combined sentences of the three men and that of his abuser.

“That suggestion resonated with the public, but I write to correct that sentiment now,” he said in a letter to the Anchorage Daily News. “There is no place for vigilante justice in society, and I want to deter others in a similar position as I found myself in 2016.”

Vukovich faces up to 25 years behind bars after pleading guilty. His sentencing is set for Wednesday in Alaska, but that may be delayed.

Authorities said Vukovich attacked Charles Albee, Andres Barbosa, and Wesley Demarest over the course of five days. He had a list of individuals from the registry and committed the first assault one day after being released from prison himself.

Demarest added that Vukovich referred to himself as the “avenging angel” for children harmed by abusers.

“I’m far from perfect,” he said from jail. “However, it’s important that someone else who was born and raised in Alaska who had a similar upbringing doesn’t end up with this outcome because it sucks.”

Demarest added that he would rather Vukovich “is not walking around while I’m alive.” Police said Vukovich attacked him repeatedly with a hammer. Demarest suffered a severe brain injury and had lost his job as a result.

“It just destroyed my life,” he said to the Anchorage Daily News. “He got what he wanted I guess.”

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