A judge sentenced a 69-year-old convicted pedophile to 70 years in prison Tuesday for cutting off his ankle monitor and secretly moving from Fort Worth to Austin.
Lloyd Gibson was on the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender list, and authorities were looking for him when members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force found him in Austin on Dec. 3, 2012, a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney’s office says.
He was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in October. During his sentencing hearing, Gibson told state District Judge Ruben Gonzalez that he drove around naked from the waist down with cookies, gloves and a wig in his car looking for children.
Gibson also testified that he was the “Baseball Cap Bandit,” who was wanted in the late 1970s for breaking into dozens of Houston homes and exposing himself to children. Gibson said he exposed himself to elementary school children on the playground by pressing his genitals through a chain-link fence.
His final act as the “Baseball Cap Bandit” was breaking into the home of an 8-year-old girl, whose mother shot him five times after she caught him exposing himself to her daughter, the release says.
Gibson has had eight sex crime convictions in the past four decades and has served 29 years behind bars, the release says. He was paroled from prison in 2010 while he was serving a 40-year-sentence for a child sex offense in Harris County, the release says.
He moved to Fort Worth after his release from prison and was required to register as a sex offender, but he cut off his ankle monitor at a bus station and boarded a bus to Austin, where he started a new life under a new name, the release said.
“Lloyd Gibson has spent his whole life victimizing others,” said Kim D’Avignon, who prosecuted the case along with Carl Lazarus. “The criminal justice system has tried again and again to get him off the streets. Hopefully, we did it today.”