OC wanted- - Marlon Winters

Marlon WInters

At the top of Orange County’s Most Wanted list is 53-year-old, Marlon Winters. He is not only wanted by local law enforcement, but also by federal authorities such as United States Marshals with the Justice Department. If apprehended he faces five counts of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of indecency of a child and bond forfeiture.

Winters’ local charges against him began in 1999, after he returned to the U.S. from Germany where he had been in the Army for 20 years and remained there to work as a contractor. He married and had two children while in Germany. However, he left after he allegedly molested his own children and returned to Texas. He is not allowed to have contact with his children, according to America’s Most Wanted.

It wasn’t long before he began his search for vulernable victims to “groom.” The two girls, ages six and nine years old, lived across the street. Grooming is a term used to describe the classic child molestation tactics used to commit the crimes . Winters slowly began gaining the girl’s trust by taking them on bike rides, teaching them to play the drums and buying them candy and gifts. Once he had their trust, investigators believe he made his move.

Winters was a drummer and would meet with other people and became part of a band. He gathered at their homes and had jam sessions with them. He also was employed as a construction worker.  However, he became friends with the two girls and changed their lives forever.

Winters had a game he liked to play with girls called the “monster game” which is similiar to “hide and seek” but if the child was found, then the monster would win and would do anything he chose to the child.  Eventually the 6-year-old girl told a friend of hers about the game because she thought it was a game that other kids played, too. As a result, the friend told his mother and the police were called.

Winters was indicted in July 1999. After he was arrested on felony charges, he was able to post the $15,000 bond with the help of his mother who put up her house as collateral. The victims were not the only people anxiously awaiting for justice to be served. On the day of the trial the attorneys, witnesses and investigators waited for it to start, but Winters never appeared. As a result, his mother lost her house. Before he left he built a shed on his Aunt’s property to store his belongings. Investigators were shocked at what they found. Inside were boxes of clippings of children from newspapers and magazines. But more horrifying to investigators were the clippings of local children at school related events which included their names and addresses. Investigators believe he was searching for his next victims. Winters is fluent in German and is believed to be in Germany or Holland. Although, he could be anywhere, according to investigators.

Also wanted in Orange County is:

Bobby Wayne Brumfield, who is 52 years old. He is wanted on two charges of felony theft. He has bonds totalling $102,500.

Charles D. Bodin, 42, is wanted for credit card abuse on a motion to revoke probation.

Christopher Cortez Wiggins, 20, is wanted on a judges order for a possession of marijuana charge which carries a $150,000 bond.

Christopher Griffin, 50, for felony theft. There is no bond for the motion to impose guilt.

Broshonda Lenell Logan, 31, for felony theft and a motion to revoke probation for which there is no bond.

Anyone with any information on these cases is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s office at 409-883-2612.