FBI offering $5K reward in search for child sex assault suspect

FBI offering reward in search for child sex assault suspect

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering up to $5,000 in reward money as it searches for a man accused of sexually assaulting a girl in California.

According to an FBI “most wanted” poster, authorities in August issued a federal warrant for Jose Arturo Navarrete Jr., 23, alleging he fled Sacramento County to avoid prosecution on multiple child sex charges, including “four counts of lewd or lascivious act with a child under 14, three counts of sex act with a child 10 years old or younger, and four counts of oral sex with a child 10 years old or younger.”

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Navarrete stands 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 172 pounds, the agency said in a Friday news release. The Midland, Texas, native is Hispanic and has black hair and hazel eyes, officials said.

Although he was last spotted in Texas, authorities believe Navarrete also might have fled to Arizona, New Mexico or Mexico, the news release said.

If you know where Navarrete is, call the FBI’s Sacramento office at 916-746-7000 or submit an anonymous tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

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<p>Authorities in August issued a federal warrant for Jose Arturo <span class="wsc-spelling-problem" data-spelling-word="Navarrete" data-wsc-lang="en_US">Navarrete</span> Jr., 23, alleging he fled Sacramento County to avoid prosecution for multiple child sex charges.</p>

Authorities in August issued a federal warrant for Jose Arturo Navarrete Jr., 23, alleging he fled Sacramento County to avoid prosecution for multiple child sex charges.