ST. PETERSBURG — Authorities have arrested a 51-year-old Brandon man they said molested a young girl more than a decade ago.
George Melotik was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on Tuesday.
He is accused of fondling the child, who was 4 to 6 years old, several times between 1999 and 2001.
He also made her touch his genitals as he watched porn, according to an arrest affidavit.
Melotik was acquainted with the family and would molest the girl when her mother was not around, officials said.
Afterward, he always told the girl that she or her mother would get hurt if she told anyone. So she didn't — until January.
According to court documents, the girl — now a teenager — told her mother, who then confronted Melotik.
Melotik, the mother told police, admitted to the crimes then quickly left. A few days later, he called and told her he was in Germany, which is listed as his birthplace in records.
St. Petersburg police launched an investigation and authorities issued a lewd and lascivious molestation warrant for Melotik in April.
It was not clear if Melotik ever got to Germany. He did, however, leave the country.
Authorities know that because a week ago, Melotik was a passenger on a British Airways flight from London to Tampa.
When Melotik got off the plane, customs officials at Tampa International Airport ran his information through what's referred to as a "reentry check." The warrant came up, and Melotik was taken to the Hillsborough County jail.
He was transferred to Pinellas County this week, and was in jail Wednesday in lieu of $150,000 bail.