Crime & Justice

Man arrested heading to LA Pride with guns faces child molestation charges in Indiana

James Wesley Howell, 20, of Indiana, appears in Superior Court in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Howell faces felony weapons charges after authorities say they found  assault rifles and explosive chemicals in his car in Santa Monica on June 12, before West Hollywood's L.A. Pride Parade and Festival.
James Wesley Howell, 20, of Indiana, appears in Superior Court in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Howell faces felony weapons charges after authorities say they found assault rifles and explosive chemicals in his car in Santa Monica on June 12, before West Hollywood's L.A. Pride Parade and Festival.
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An Indiana man facing weapons and ammunitions charges after telling officers he was headed to L.A. Pride now faces charges in Indiana for allegedly molesting a girl.

Prosecutors in southern Indiana's Clark County charged 20-year-old James Wesley Howell with one count of child molesting Wednesday.

Prosecutor Jeremy Mull tells The Associated Press that Howell took a 12-year-old girl to a state forestry property May 31 and had sex with her. Mull says Howell met the girl through an adult friend.

He says a police detective in that case interviewed Howell on June 7.

Mull says it's a "logical conclusion" that Howell traveled to California to flee the child molestation investigation. He says he intends to eventually have Howell extradited to Indiana.

A message left for Howell family lawyer Bobby Boyd of Louisville, Kentucky, seeking comment on the allegations wasn't immediately returned.