Suspect in 2002 sexual assault in town of Madison arrested in Texas

2014-02-28T14:30:00Z Suspect in 2002 sexual assault in town of Madison arrested in TexasBILL NOVAK | | | 608-252-6483

A suspect in a sexual assault case from 2002 in the town of Madison, who fled to Texas after being arrested in 2013, has been found and arrested once again.

Manual Camposeco, 40, is being held in the Travis County Jail in Austin awaiting extradition to Dane County to face trial, the Town of Madison Police Department stated in a news release on Friday.

"A sexual assault victim may finally see her day in court, 12 years after the crime was committed, due to the hard work of Detective Robert Hale and the cooperation of local and federal law enforcement authorities in Wisconsin and Texas," said Police Chief Scott Gregory in the news release.

According to police:

On April 9, 2002, a 13-year-old girl told police she had been sexually assaulted by Camposeco.

"The suspect was arrested and charged, but the victim didn't show up for court and the district attorney learned she was in Mexico," the release said.

The charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning the case could be reopened later.

On April 16, 2013, the victim contacted Town of Madison police, saying back in 2002 she had been put on a bus alone, heading to Mexico, so she couldn't testify against Camposeco.

The case was reopened and Camposeco was arrested on Oct. 7, 2013, on charges of repeated sexual assault of a child.

Two weeks later, he posted bail, got out of jail, sold his house and never went back to work.

A bench warrant was issued for his arrest in November, and Det. Hale went to work trying to find Camposeco.

"We reached out to the U.S. Marshal's Office, ICE agents in Wisconsin, Illinois,Texas and Minnesota, city of Madison police and Maple Bluff police, but Camposeco was never located," the release said.

In February, Det. Hale looked into wire transfers and discovered a pattern by cross-referencing data, pointing to Austin, Texas as a possible place where Camposeco could be found.

"Det. Hale contacted Austin police officer Steve Lindsay, who is a former Town of Madison officer," the release said.

Information then went to the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, made up of Austin police and officers from other agencies.

On Feb. 25, surveillance was set up at a house mentioned by Det. Hale as a possible location where Camposeco could be.

The surveillance worked, with the suspect arrested as he came out of the residence on Feb. 26.

"He was eventually identified and he admitted he was Camposeco," the release said.

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