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LITTLE ROCK, Ark — A Springville man suspected of having sex with an underage girl was captured Thursday morning in Arkansas.
U.S. Marshals from the Little Rock office captured 24-year-old Christopher Stephens in Kensett, Ark., which is located about 50 miles northeast of Little Rock, according to the U.S. Marshals Office in Cedar Rapids. The U.S. Marshals Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force worked with the Linn County Sheriff's Office and learned Stephens, who recently was identified and charged as a suspect in a sex abuse crime in Linn County, had possibly fled the state to avoid prosecution.
According to the Linn County Sheriff's Office, investigators in April learned about the alleged sexual abuse involving Stephens and a teenage girl. A three month long investigation showed that the abuse had occurred between March and April, the sheriff's office said.
As the investigation was drawing to a close, Stephens changed his phone number and abandoned his residence. At that time, a warrant was issued for his arrest for third-degree sexual abuse.
Nicholas Bonifazi, spokesman for the Marshals Office in Cedar Rapids, said authorities had been looking for Stephens for about three weeks.
“They did some good work down there today,” he said of the Little Rock marshals.
Stephens was staying at his mother's residence in Kensett, according to the Marshals Office. He was arrested without incident, taken to a local jail in Arkansas and is awaiting extradition to Linn County.