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Wanted Man Was Living in Covington Woods, Found in Train Tunnel

A wanted sex offender has been found in Covington.

Steven Wayne Kaiser, 23, was found in the railroad tunnel between Madison Avenue and James Avenue/30th Street, according to a news release from the Kenton County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said ten days ago that Kaiser had failed to comply with his sex offender registration and that he was a resident of Banklick Street but could no longer be located there. His original charge was sexual abuse of a minor.

Investigators believed that he may have been living among the homeless.

A news release issued on Wednesday indicates that Kaiser was apparently living in a wooded area in upper west Covington to avoid arrest.

Kaiser was taken into custody on Wednesday after being found by the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, the Kenton County Sheriff's Office, and detectives from the Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Office. He is charged with a probation violation stemming from a sexual abuse of a minor and he also has a warrant for failing to register as a sex offender. 

Kaiser is now in the Kenton County Detention Center where his combined bonds are $7,500. No court date has been announced yet.

-Staff report

Photo: Steven Wayne Kaiser/provided