Eric McGowen, who was convicted of the rape of an 11-year-old Cleveland, Texas girl, was arrested Tuesday morning, according to the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force.
Before his arrest, McGowen slipped out of a Liberty County courthouse on the first day of his gang rape trial.
According to officials, McGowen was not far and was found hiding out with a family member who confessed to his whereabouts during a traffic stop.
The officers learned he was at an apartment on Greens Parkway. Upon arrival at the apartment, the moved in quickly to capture and arrest him.
McGowen was the first of 14 adults accused of raping the pre-teen to stand trial.
Authorities stated that the sexual assaults occurred during a nearly three-month span in 2010. Six juveniles also were charged. Despite McGowen’s absence, the trial continued.
The victim, who is now 13, took the stand to describe what happened to her.
She shared details of the assault and how she was brought into what she described as the “baby room” in the house. The teen victim told the court how McGowen and others took turns having sex with her.
Jurors sentenced McGowen to 99 years and a $10,000 fine for aggravated sexual assault.