An arrest warrant is set to be issued today for a 59-year-old man who vanished while kayaking off Rockingham and was later revealed to be facing allegations of historical child sex abuse.
Stephen Angel is scheduled to appear in a Mandurah court today on two counts each of sexual penetration of a child under 13 and indecent dealing with a child under 13, dating back more than 20 years.
But unless the former volunteer firefighter returns, the magistrate due to hear his case will instead ask the police to once again track Mr Angel down, a task they were unable to complete after his mysterious disappearance last month.
A huge land, sea and air search was launched when a personal locator beacon was activated after Mr Angel went kayaking in Cape Peron on April 3. A kayak was located adrift, but no one was with the craft.
Mr Angel was identified as the registered owner of the beacon and the search involved volunteer marine rescue crews from Rockingham, Cockburn and Fremantle, water police, Police Air Wing and the RAC Rescue helicopter.
Mr Angel’s stepdaughters said they had no idea what could have gone wrong because he was healthy and an experienced kayaker.
“Knowing how fit he is and strong he is and having so much experience on the water, he’s been sailing, he’s very active, it was worrying to think what could have gone wrong,” one stepdaughter said. Three days in, the search was officially abandoned, with no sign of Mr Angel.
The West Australian then revealed the criminal charges Mr Angel faced, which first went before a court in January when Mr Angel was bailed on conditions that included not carrying out child-related work.
If he fails to answer that bail today, a warrant will be issued.