Missing Scottish tourist, accused of multiple rapes, child sex offenses, may have faked his own death to avoid trail: Police
Kim Gordon, who is a street vendor from Inverness, Scotland vanished from the Monastery Beach in Carmel on February 25 before his 17-year-old son reported him missing
A Scottish tourist who disappeared from a beach in California may have faked his own death to avoid standing trial after he was accused of multiple rapes and even alleged child sex offenses.
Kim Gordon, who is a street vendor from Inverness, vanished from the Monastery Beach in Carmel on February 25 at around 7:15 pm. His 17-year-old son was the one who reported him as missing after he claimed his father had gone for a swim and then disappeared.
After an extensive search by police divers that lasted for two days, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office called off the search for the man, who is also known as Kim Vincent or Kem Vincent Avis. Gordon, who is believed to be in his 50s, is scheduled to go on trial for 24 charges that were laid out against him, PEOPLE reported.
A Scottish man, who uses several names, including Kim Gordon, is suspected of faking his own death in California to avoid rape charges, authorities say: https://t.co/uH6f7OVkaF pic.twitter.com/ctUAI8FhqD— Tom Cleary (@tomwcleary) March 5, 2019
Gordon has been accused of four assaults, coercing a person into being present during sexual activity and communicating indecently, and two charges of threatening and abusive behavior. The other charges that have been laid out against the missing man include lewd and libidinous behavior, sexual assault and sexual assault by penetration, and three alleged breach of the peace incidents.
The alleged suspect and his teen son are believed to have begun their trip in Los Angeles before they headed to Monterey County and finally to Monastery Beach, which is an area that is famous for having dangerous water conditions. The teen told detectives that he had gone hiking while Gordon went for a swim. The boy reported his father as missing when he couldn't find him.
The authorities have now said that Gordon may have faked his own death in order to avoid going to jail in Scotland where multiple rape charges were brought against him. His teen son told police officers when filing the missing person report that his father dove into the waves on the night of February 25 at around 7:15 pm. After days of looking for the man, they finally did some background research into him and the authorities found that Gordon was to be tried in court very soon, the LA Times reported.
It has been reported that the teen boy went back to Scotland in the meantime while Gordon was still missing in the US. Commander Kathy Palazzolo, from Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, told Scottish Sun: "As of now, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office is treating the case as a missing person. We have no eyewitness information that Mr. Gordon was in the water and our ocean search was suspended. The case is still under investigation."
The missing suspect is scheduled to stand trial at the High Court in Edinburgh on March 11.