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House Fire Victim is Registered Sex Offender

5-30-2007 Texas:

Investigators don't think past related to blaze

DONNA - NEWSCHANNEL 5 uncovered new details about a man whose home was destroyed by fire.

William "Bill" Voight and his wife purchased a home off 12th Street in Donna last January. The house was destroyed by a fire over the weekend. Voight was visiting a VA hospital in San Antonio at the time.

The fire department is continuing to investigate how the blaze was started. They suspect arson.

We did some digging into Voight's background after a call from a concerned viewer. We've learned he's not only a veteran, but he's also a registered sex offender out of Alamo.

He has a criminal record that dates back to 1983. That's when he was convicted of raping a six-year-old girl. He served about eight years in prison, until he was paroled in June 1991.

Voight's been living, off and on, for about three months in the Donna home. We contacted him at his Alamo home.

He didn't want to talk to us on camera. But he did admit to his criminal background.

Police don't believe this played any role in the fire, but they continue to investigate Voight's background. ..more.. by News Channel 5

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