A convicted sex offender whose name and mug shots appear on the statewide most-wanted list of probation violators has been dead since 2002, officials discovered this week.
Robert Sieracki failed to appear at a probation hearing and had warrants in Barnstable District Court and Barnstable Superior Court for indecent assault and battery on a child, said Coria Holland, director of communications for the state Probation Service.
Sieracki also violated the terms of his probation in 1990, said David Procopio, State Police spokesman.
“He was not supposed to be alone with children,’’ Procopio said.
No further information about his court cases was available yesterday.
Sieracki’s last known address was in Osterville, according to the state Probation Service.
After the most-wanted list was published last week, the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section of the State Police began looking for Sieracki, Procopio said. Officers were able to contact his sister, who lives in Cleveland, Monday, and she told officers her brother was dead.
Police investigated and learned that Sieracki had traveled to Mexico in 1990 and at some point was imprisoned in that country on charges similar to those he faced in Massachusetts, Procopio said. Sieracki was released from prison in Mexico in October 2002.
A Mexican death certificate obtained by State Police shows that Sieracki was found dead a month later. No conclusive cause of death was determined.
Further documentation showed that Sieracki was cremated in California, and his remains sent to Cleveland, where they were buried.
“On Tuesday, we received from the funeral home faxed copies of his death certificate from Mexico and documentation of his cremation,’’ Procopio said.
It was unclear whether authorities had searched for Sieracki before last week’s list of probation scofflaws was published. The list includes nine other men - Jeffrey Wood, 54; David Wayne Lacouture, 49; Scott James Kittredge, 47; Scott W. Verrier, 45; Kenneth Seaver, 31; Michael Washington, 56; Jose J. Reyes, 32; Dennis I. Lauber, 46; and Rubenson Cherilus, 28 - who are wanted in various courts throughout the state. This was the first time Sieracki appeared on the list, Holland said.
“Because Mr. Sieracki’s death was never reported to the Social Security Administration, there was no record of his passing,’’ Holland said.
Sieracki was 62 at the time of his death and would be 71 if he were alive today.
Sieracki’s family could not be located yesterday. Bruce Gilmore, a lawyer from Yarmouthport who represented Sieracki at an arraignment, said he had no comment on his former client.