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HOUSTON (AP) — A federal official says a man who fled his trial before being convicted in the repeated group sexual assault of an 11-year-old Texas girl has been captured by authorities.

U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Alfredo Perez says Eric McGowen was arrested Tuesday after he was found in an apartment in northeast Houston.

Perez says members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force arrested McGowen without incident.

Authorities had been searching for McGowen since he fled his trial Aug. 29, the same day the victim tearfully testified about the attacks in her hometown of Cleveland, about 45 miles northeast of Houston.

The trial went on without him. He was convicted the next day of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 99 years in prison.

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