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      After nearly a year on the run, Sumter Police catch sexual assault suspect

      Maurice W. Hunter, 21, of Wedgefield, SC, was arrested by officers with the U.S Marshal's Fugitive Task Force. Sumter PD Lt. Don Florence said Hunter had been eluding police for nearly a year since being accused of the assault in March 2012.

      SUMTER, SC (WACH) - Sumter County deputies have arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.

      Sumter Police Lieutenant Don Florence said Maurice W. Hunter, 21, of Wedgefield, SC, was arrested by officers with the U.S Marshal's Fugitive Task Force. Florence said Hunter had been eluding police for nearly a year since being accused of the assault in March 2012.

      Hunter had fled to East Orange New Jersey, where Marshal's found him at a home and arrested him. He's currently being extradited to South Carolina, where he'll be charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree in Sumter.

      Also,Sumter Police and Sumter County Sheriff??s Office investigators intend to question Hunter as a person of interest in the 2012 disappearance and murder of 18 year old Aaron Abraham. Abraham was reported missing in July 2012 when he failed to return home from the Sumter County Library. Abraham??s body was found on the side of Highway 261 near Wedgefield, SC several weeks later.

      A task force consisting of investigators from Sumter, Clarendon, and Kershaw have been continuously following leads in the case. ??We are following strong leads that suggest Hunter can provide vital information into the murder investigation??, said Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark. ??I am confident a break in the case is forthcoming??.

      Sumter Police continue to encourage anyone with information regarding the murder of Aaron Abraham to contact the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2717 or CrimeStoppers at (803) 436-2718 or 1-888-CRIME-SC. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward.