Police: Man wanted in local child molest case found


    FORTVILLE — A man who police say fled Hancock County after a local girl accused him of sexual assault was arrested Sunday in Tennessee, officials said. 

    Samual Cravens, 38, of Fortville, was taken into custody in Bledsoe County, Tennessee by sheriff’s deputies there, officials said. 

    Cravens faces two Level 1 felony counts of child molest and one Level 4 felony count of child molest, records show.

    Last week, a girl told police Cravens forced her to have sex with him while he was visiting her home, according to court records. 

    When officers tried to speak with Cravens about the allegations, he refused to come to the police station, officers said. Cravens then reportedly walked away from the job site in Maxwell where he’d been working and hadn’t been seen locally since, officers said. 

    Now, Cravens will be transported from Tennessee back to Indiana. 

    More information about this case can be found in Tuesday’s edition of the Daily Reporter. 

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    Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.