Convicted Sex Offender and Police Informant Attempts to Infiltrate Seattle’s Activist Community

Seattle Free Press

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By Brendan Kiley of The Stranger:

Robert Childs is a level-three sex offender—convicted of child molestation, rape (twice), and failure to register as a sex offender—who has worked as an FBI and SPD informant. A few days ago, local activists began circulating emails claiming he’d been prowling around the anarchist scene, including community barbecues in the Central District. “He was there to gather information,” one activist wrote in an email to The Stranger, “and is famously remembered for asking about the ‘leaders’ of the black bloc.” (The “black bloc” is a tactic, not an organization, and does not have leaders.)

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