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Man suspected of molesting girl is extradited to Pinellas County

LARGO — A man accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl was picked up on a warrant in Broward County and has been extradited to Pinellas County, authorities said.

Robert T. Madigan, 40, was arrested in Broward on Monday as he stepped off a flight from Colombia in South America. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday morning on a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Madigan was a guest in a Largo home in July 2005 when he went into a room where children were sleeping and touched the girl inappropriately.

People inside the home reported the incident to a deputy, who determined that there was probable cause to arrest him. During an investigation by the State Attorney's Office, the deputy learned that Madigan had fled to Colombia, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Madigan, who was born in Connecticut but was living in Tampa at the time of the incident, was arrested when he arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Monday night and customs officials saw there was an active warrant for his arrest. They alerted the Broward Sheriff's Office, which has a district office at the airport, according to a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

On Thursday afternoon, Madigan was being held without bail. He does not have a criminal record in Florida, according to the state Department of Law Enforcement.

Man suspected of molesting girl is extradited to Pinellas County 02/10/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 10, 2011 7:06pm]
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