YAKIMA, Wash. — A high-risk sex offender from Yakima was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for a crime spree earlier this year.
Aaron Ames Abbott, 32, received a middle-of-the-range sentence for his plea in Yakima County Superior Court to charges of failing to register, attempting to elude police, three counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree theft.
Abbott, a Level 3 sex offender, was already under investigation for failing to register and a break-in when he led police on a high-speed car chase on April 28.
The chase began on 16th Avenue near Nob Hill Boulevard and ended miles away on Ahtanum Road, where Abbott fled on foot after ditching his car on Washington Avenue.
Police said he broke into a trailer in the 4800 block of Ahtanum Road, then fought with officers when they tried to take him into custody.
Afterward, detectives linked him to a burglary on April 22 in which an intruder was caught on camera just before noon entering Grace Lutheran Church and school through an unlocked door.
The intruder, later identified as Abbott, stole a bank bag from a briefcase in the principal’s office that contained sensitive financial information, including account numbers and deposit receipts.
Abbott was previously convicted of third-degree child molestation in 2000 and again in 2002, according to court records. A Level 3 means he is at risk for re-offending.