Real Name: Charles Mule (Mulet is an erroneous spelling)
Aliases: None known
Wanted For: Child Molestation
Missing Since: March 1986
Details: Charles Mule was a police sergeant in Slidell, Louisiana who handled cases of statutory rape. In 1981, he was assigned to the case of a twelve-year-old girl who was upset about the sexual advances of an older boy. Mule met with the young girl on multiple occasions. Her mother became suspicious when Mule left the police station with her daughter and took her to another location. It was later discovered that Mule was taking her to a local Howard Johnson's motel room that he had reserved for undercover work. The girl's parents noted that she began acting strangely after the visits with Mule. After four months, she finally told her parents that she was being sexually abused by him.
In order to gather more evidence, the authorities asked the victim and her family if she would go for one more rendezvous with Mule; this time, the room would be used as a trap, with a hidden video camera capturing just enough evidence for prosecution. Before the girl could be compromised, Mule was arrested on the night of March 1, 1985 and charged with child molestation. His co-workers were shocked that he had been arrested and charged with such an appalling crime. Mule's former partner had the difficult task of having to investigate his case. After learning the truth about the case, she was furious that Mule could have done such a thing to the victim. Through her investigation, she soon learned that the molestation of the twelve-year-old girl was not an isolated incident.
On September 27, 1985, Mule was charged with twenty-five counts related to the rape and molestation of six young girls. He denied all of the charges and was released on $150,000 bail. Eight months later, on May 11, 1986, the day of his trial, Mule was reported missing. Two days later, his vehicle was found near Mancheo Bridge, and a message was sent to the police station that he could not live the stigma of being on trial. The suicide attempt failed to garner credibility after an extensive search of the river failed to recover his corpse.
Soon after he vanished, a fisherman saw Mule near a lake. Several days later, a hiker in the back-country passed by a man wearing hospital clothing (a favorite outfit of Mule's); the man opened fire on the hiker without making any remark. The hiker was questioned and identified Mule from a booklet of mugshots.
Two years after Mule's disappearance, an anonymous tip led authorities to a trailer near Slidell. The tipster claimed that Mule was hiding out there. However, he was not found there; it is believed that one of Mule's police buddies tipped him off. Police and people who knew him now believe that he is a fugitive who is extremely dangerous due to his knowledge of firearms as well as skills with disguises.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the March 1, 1989 episode.
Actress Wendi Price portrayed the teenage girl in this segment.
Results: Captured. On the night the case was rerun on July 12, 1989, viewers told the FBI that Mule was living in Ocala, Florida, under the assumed name Joseph John Trancina. Mule left the area after the broadcast and was gone for three weeks. He was arrested on August 3, 1989, upon his return, and was the 25th fugitive arrested after being profiled. Mule was convicted of child molestation, assault with a deadly weapon and failure to appear in court. He was sentenced to fourteen years in prison but was released after serving just seven years.