Accused Child Rapist Escapes Indiana Jail

In December 2007, an arrest warrant was issued for Ridings' arrest in the child rape the previous February, after the FBI matched DNA collected from the Wheeling-area crime scene to DNA recovered in the Kentucky sexual assault case.

A barbed wire tattoo on Ridings' arm under the name "Nicole" helped identify the suspect.

Ridings is known for allegedly approaching his victims naked from the waist down. He is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 145 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing an orange inmate jumpsuit and had a full beard.

Until Ridings is captured, Heilman said, there's cause in the area for concern. "He's charged with everything from sexual assault to rape of a young female," Heilman said. "Obviously, he has a lot of motive to stay free and sadly, I'm concerned he'll break the law again during flight."

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