- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) - After 13 years on the run, a convicted child molester has been captured in a Southern California desert community.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports (https://bit.ly/1iAvd94 ) 54-year-old Todd Eric Dalton was arrested at a home in Hesperia last Saturday.

Jail records show he has been booked on a warrant charging him with continued sexual abuse of a child under 14, molestation of a child under the age of 14, and forcible sexual penetration.

Dalton disappeared while free on $350,000 bail in 2001 just as opening statements were about to begin in his Riverside trial.

The trial continued without him and the jury convicted him of nine sex-related counts. Officials say the crimes involved two young girls.

Dalton is scheduled for a hearing on his arrest warrant Wednesday in Riverside Superior Court.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, https://www.pe.com


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