Palm Beach courthouse evacuated over suspicious vehicle

11:58 AM, Sep 12, 2011   |    comments
A truck that caused a federal courthouse to evacuate had a message on its side critical of police regarding a child molestation case.
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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (WPEC) -- A suspicious U-Haul parked near the Paul G. Rogers Federal Courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach closed Banyan Boulevard at North Tamarind Avenue and evacuated the courthouse Monday morning.

The van has a message on the side critical of Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office regarding a child molestation case involving a man named Edgar Joseph Bushey, convicted of molesting a young girl in 1994 when he owned a Christian bookstore called Bushey's Religious Bookstore in Delray Beach.

According to police reports, Bushey admitted to the abuse but said it hadn't been "premeditated."

According to the charge Bushey was found guilty of in 1996, he sexually molested a girl under the age of 12 and injured her in the process. Bushey also was convicted for failing to register as a sexual offender in 2008. His latest registration was filed in April.

Bushey, 62, is listed as a registered "predator" sexual offender and is identified as a transient living in Boynton Beach.

Homeland Security and local police agencies are investigating. The vehicle had been parked for three days near the courthouse and a bomb-sniffing dog apparently "alerted" on the vehicle Monday morning.

The federal courthouse was evacuated but employees were allowed back in just before 10 a.m.

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