A 40-year-old convicted felon from Morongo Valley was behind bars Monday, accused of having a sexual relationship with a juvenile under 14 years old.
Elogio Arredondo was arrested Saturday in Bell Gardens in Los Angeles County, and was transported to the Riverside jail on suspicion of committing a lewd or lascivious acts with a child, with bail set at $250,000, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff's deputies were sent March 28 to the 72-000 block of Varner Road in Thousand Palms on a call about a missing juvenile being located. The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force then took control of the investigation and identified Arredondo as the suspect, but he had fled the area by that point, according to the sheriff's department.
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No other details about the investigation were released.
Arredondo has a previous felony conviction in Riverside County for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, according to court records.