Accused child predator arrested

April 9, 2008 5:08:20 AM PDT
Sheriff's deputies have arrested an accused child predatorKenneth D. Stewart , 25, was arrested in Dayton Tuesday night in connection with the sexual assault of a 7-year-old Humble girl Monday afternoon after school let out. Stewart is being charged with aggravated kidnapping and indecency with a child.

Police say Stewart targeted children at an Humble bus stop. He tried to entice a 6-year-old into his car, but she ran off.

He was able to get the 7-year-old into his car by telling her that her mother had a flat tire and that she told him to go get her and take her to where she is. Police say she was then kidnapped, sexually assaulted and dropped off in Baytown. She has since been reunited with her parents.

Back on March 21, a burglary was committed in the same general area where that little girl was kidnapped on Monday. The vehicle description in both cases had law enforcement reviewing latent fingerprints taken from the scene of the burglarized home, and a computer matched the evidence to Stewart.

"When we put his picture in the photo spread, the little girl, when the detectives showed her the picture, her eyes practically bugged out of her head as she said, 'That's him, that's him.' Based on that, we were able to get a warrant for aggravated kidnapping and indecency with a child," said Lt. John Denholm with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Stewart was arrested at the Liberty County home he shares with his mother. Previous charges against him include assault, endangering a child, drug possession, burglary, theft and harassment.

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