Indiana man arrested in Calif. after weapons found in car reportedly charged in child molestation case

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CLARK COUNTY, Ind. — An Indiana man arrested in California after police found an arsenal of weapons in his car on his way to a gay pride event has reportedly been charged with child molestation in a separate case.

According to WXIN, James Wesley Howell, 20, was charged with one count of child molesting in a case involving a 12-year-old girl. The girl’s mother reported the incident to authorities on June 2.

Howell had been charged in a high-profile case in California after police arrested him with an arsenal of weapons in Santa Monica. He told authorities then he was on his way to the Los Angeles Gay Pride festival. His arrest came the same day a gunman opened fire on a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people.

Howell was charged Tuesday with unlawful possession of an assault weapon, possession of a destructive device on a public street, manufacturing or importing large magazine and carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, according to WXIN.

A judge set his bail at $2 million.

On Wednesday Howell was reportedly charged in the child molestation case by Indiana authorities. He had been a suspect in a sexual assault investigation for an incident that happened May 31. WXIN reports that court documents released Wednesday say that the alleged 12-year-old victim’s brother knew Howell. According to WXIN, the brother told authorities that when confronted about the incident, Howell said he was he was a “sociopath with an automatic” and he would take out the cops if they tried to come to his house and arrest him.

WXIN reports that Howell has been listed in other police reports, including domestic disturbances with his 17-year-old ex-boyfriend.

The teen, who was not identified, said the two met on a dating app, but broke up after he discovered Howell’s “violent tendencies.”



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