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Man arrested with weapons at LA Pride was fleeing molestation charge: prosecutor

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LOS ANGELES — An Indiana man facing weapons and ammunitions charges in California after telling officers he was headed to a gay pride event now faces charges in Indiana for allegedly molesting a girl.

Prosecutors in southern Indiana’s Clark County charged 20-year-old James Wesley Howell with one count of child molesting Wednesday.

Prosecutor Jeremy Mull tells The Associated Press that Howell took a 12-year-old girl to a state forestry property May 31 and had sex with her. Mull says Howell met the girl through an adult friend.

He says a police detective in that case interviewed Howell on June 7.

Mull says it’s a “logical conclusion” that Howell traveled to California to flee the child molestation investigation. He says he intends to eventually have Howell extradited to Indiana.

A message left for Howell family lawyer Bobby Boyd of Louisville, Kentucky, seeking comment on the allegations wasn’t immediately returned.