Man wanted for assault of 3-year-old arrested in Florida

Christopher Tilton is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – A 25-year-old man wanted by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly assaulting a 3-year-old girl last month was arrested by law enforcement in Florida over the weekend.

Christopher Tilton of Paisley, FL, formerly of Sumter County, was taken into custody Saturday during a traffic stop by officers from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

According to the Sumter County warrant, on August 7, 2015, in the 3500 block of Ramsey Road, Tilton sexually assaulted the young girl.

The warrant for the suspect’s arrest was originally issued on Tuesday, Sept. 22. When investigators with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office were unable to locate the suspect, the warrant and information regarding the suspect were placed into a national law enforcement database, which ultimately led to Tiliton’s capture.

Tilton has signed extradition paperwork, and will be transported by law enforcement back to Sumter County to face his charges.

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