Uncovering Fugitive's Past Arrests

By WBNG News

January 12, 2011 Updated Jan 13, 2011 at 3:09 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Details are emerging about Robert Michael Gebhardt.

He's a former Binghamton business man who turned out to be a Ohio fugitive.

Gebhardt was arrested in Oregon last week after being pulled over for speeding. He was wanted for rape and kidnapping in Ohio.

Gebhardt has been on the run since September 2009 when he did not appear in Cuyahoga County Court in Ohio. He has two pending cases in Ohio.

Ryan Miday, the Spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Bill Mason, says Gebhardt was indicted in August 2009 on 75 counts of charges of rape, kidnapping, gross sexual imposition and intimidation of crime victim.

Miday says Gebhardt raped a female numerous times in his Parma, Ohio home from June 2007 until May 2009. It started when the victim was 13 years old.

Gebhardt was scheduled to be arraigned for those charges in September 2009 but he never showed up to court.

Police issued a warrant for his arrest after he missed his court appearance.

In October 2009, Gebhardt was also indicted on charges of theft, indentity fraud and telecommunications fraud.

Miday says from September 2008 until July 13, 2009, Gebhardt stole a victim's identification to create an account and then stole money from the account.

Richard Bernahauer , the President and CEO of ProCare Copier Systems, says he first met Gebhardt in November 2009. Gebhardt introduced himself as "Mark Thompson".

Bernahauer rented office space to Gebhardt and his business partner, Jill Pesci, at 30 Charlotte Street in Binghamton until May 2010.

Gebhardt and Pesci ran "Neighborhood Shopper", an advertising, direct-mail business, out of the building.

In May, Gebhardt and Pesci moved their businesses to 81 Clinton Street. They opened 2 Rivers Printing.

Bernahauer says they owe him thousands of dollars. Bernahauer says he brought a court case against Gebhardt and Pesci in the City of Binghamton courts. Gebhardt and Pesci did not show up for the December 16th court appearance.

Oregon State Police say Gebhardt was arrested January 4th in Oregon, near the border of Nevada.

As of Wednesday, signs on the door of 2 Rivers Printing on Clinton Street say the business is "presently closed". There's a number listed on the door to call, (607) 651-7497 but when Action News repeatedly called, no one would answer.

Gebhardt currently being held in the Lake County Jail in Oregon on $1,000,000 bail.

The prosecutor's office in Cuyahoga County, Ohio says he will be extradited back to the state where he will face felony charges.