Convicted molester arrested in Kentucky


A Seymour man convicted of child molesting who fled police before his trial was over has been arrested in Kentucky, authorities report.

Franklin R. Lee, 40, was arrested Saturday evening by Louisville Metro Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer said.

Lee had fled police since Wednesday when a 12-member jury found him guilty on a Level 1 felony of child molesting.

Meyer said police were able to determine his location after Lee made a phone call to a local person.

Police determined his location by pinging his phone, and Louisville police were able to locate his vehicle.

Lee was in the process of being extradited by police to the Jackson County Jail on Sunday.

Other circumstances about his arrest including where or what time he was found were not available.

Lee faces between 20 and 40 years in prison for an incident that took place in April 2018.

While he attended the first day of his trial Tuesday, Lee did not return Wednesday. He had been out of jail on a $10,000 bond since Oct. 11, 2018, according to court records.

Judge Richard W. Poynter issued a warrant for his arrest Wednesday after the jury reached its verdict around 11:20 a.m. That verdict was delivered after less than a half hour of deliberations.

Lee was arrested in April 2018 after an incident where he touched a child, according to the probable cause affidavit signed by Seymour Detective Troy Munson.

The incident was investigated by Seymour Police Department and the Indiana Department of Child Services and was prompted from a child talking about it with a teacher at school, according to court records.

The child molesting charge was a Level 1 felony in this case, because Lee was older than 21.

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