LOUISA, Ky. (AP) - A convicted child molester who fled at the close of his trial in Kentucky was captured Wednesday in Ohio, authorities said.
Truman Evans, 57, a former Baptist minister from Louisa, was arrested by FBI agents at a residence in Ashtabula, Ohio, said Trooper Sam Little, spokesman for the Kentucky State Police in Ashland.
Evans was being held in the Ashtabula County Jail pending extradition to Kentucky.
"His arrest is a very big relief," Little said. "We had been looking for him 24-7. At least we know there's no chance of him harming anyone else."
As jurors deliberated his fate on child molestation charges during a trial on July 1 in Louisa, Evans walked out of the courthouse for what he told family members was a breath of fresh air. He never returned.
Jurors deliberated about 30 minutes before convicting Evans of first-degree sodomy and criminal attempt to commit first-degree sodomy. They recommended a life sentence, plus 20 years.
Evans fled in a rental car that was later found in Ashland.
Police said he purchased a used car in Ashland that he drove to Ohio.