Pedophile Has Evaded Capture for Over a Decade

Photos: U.S. Marshals Service

David Bonness has been wanted by authorities for nearly 12 years. He is on the U.S. Marshals Top 15 Most Wanted list for crimes against children, and he needs to be brought to justice.

This man may be living under an assumed identity and should be considered a threat to your community – especially to children.

Flight From Justice

In 2008 a 17-year-old girl told her mother that her step-father, David Bonness, had been sexually assaulting her since she was 12 years old. Bonness was brought in for questioning, but when asked to voluntarily submit to a DNA test, he stopped the interview and was allowed to leave. Without evidence, they were unable to hold him for further questioning.

The Pennington County Sherrif’s Office in South Dakota obtained a search warrant for his DNA the following day; however, he had already fled the area. A warrant for his arrest was issued on January 22, 2009, and the U.S. Marshals’ Black Hills Fugitive Task Force in Rapid City, South Dakota, soon joined the effort to find him.

Today, he is one of the country’s most wanted fugitives. The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $25,000 reward in hopes that the community can help locate him. He is charged with 14 counts of rape, including two counts of criminal pedophilia, seven counts of second-degree rape, three counts of third-degree rape, four counts of fourth-degree rape, and sexual contact with a child under the age of 16.

About David Bonness

Bonness was born on February 24, 1968. He is a white male who is 5’9″ tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He has been featured on The Hunt with David Walsh, as well as other investigative television shows. He is believed to be living in Rapid City, Wyoming, or Nebraska, but he could be anywhere in the country living under an assumed identity. He has also been known to go by the name of Earnest Nuse Jr.

If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, contact the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102 or the U.S. Marshals Service in Rapid City at 605-342-6331. You can also email tips to

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