A Colorado fugitive, who is allegedly wanted in the sexual assault of at least one underaged girl, was apparently found with another girl hiding in a camper in Howey-in-the-Hills, according to police.
The 53-year-old of Sterling, Colo., was found in the camper on Citrus Valley Road on Sunday. He was taken into custody on at least one arrest warrant, according to Groveland police. He is expected to be extradited to Colorado.
Groveland police said the man was found with a 17-year-old girl. Reports indicate that she was not being held against her will.
Police claim they were recently informed by Colorado officials that the man was wanted and possibly staying in Groveland. Police apparently traced the man to the camper in Howey-in-the-Hills.
According to Sterling police, the man is wanted on charges of sexual assault on a victim under 18 by a person in a position of trust and sexual assault on a child stemming from an allegation made in the spring of 2013.
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