Man wanted for molestation arrested by US Marshal in Washington

Tommy Rhoden, Jr. is accused of touching girl inappropriately


MIDDLEBURG, Fla. – A 33-year-old man wanted for molestation is back in Clay County after being on the run for months, the Clay County Sheriff's Office said.

Tommy Rhoden, Junior was booked into the Clay County Jail Tuesday. Investigators said he was wanted on a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation since January.

According to his arrest warrant, Rhoden was found asleep next to the 10-year-old victim with his genitals exposed at a home in Clay County. The victim told investigators Rhoden touched her inappropriately on three separate occasions, between September and November of 2016.

When Rhoden was discovered in bed with the girl, he fled from the home, the warrant said. It was later learned he fled to Washington state.

A U.S. Marshal tracked Rhoden down and brought him to Clay County Tuesday. He's being held in jail without bond.

Court records show Rhoden was arrested in Bradford County in 2010 and charged with child abuse and battery. However, the child abuse charge was dropped and he was convicted of battery.