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Accused serial child rapist arrested in Branson after 24 years on the run

Herman Carroll photo courtesy Taney County Sheriff's Office

TANEY COUNTY, Mo. – U.S. Marshals apprehended an accused serial child rapist in Branson, Missouri, after he skipped out on a court hearing in central Illinois more than two decades ago.

Herman Carroll, 72, had been arrested on July 3, 2000, for sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl. He had prior convictions for child sex crimes in 1983 and 1993.

Carroll was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, and criminal sexual assault in the 2000 case in Moultrie County, Illinois. He posted bail in 2000 and later failed to appear in court. He was declared a fugitive in 2001.

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(Story by Kevin S. Held,

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