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Fugitive Friday: Man who sexually assaulted 14-year-old runaway is missing

Posted: 2:22 PM, Mar 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-15 17:22:31-04
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PHOENIX — Each Friday, we're looking for your help to track down fugitives in Arizona.

Wanted: Robert Ponce

Charges: Probation violation on an original charge of attempted sexual conduct with a minor.

Robert Ponce was sentenced to four years in prison after sexually assaulting a 14-year-old runaway.

In August 2002, Ponce offered the girl a ride to her friend's house. After they were unable to locate the home, Ponce took the girl to a motel where he sexually assaulted her.

The teen would later tell police that she complied with Ponce because "she was concerned about what he might do if she refused."

Court records show that the girl was "extremely traumatized" by the assault.

Ponce would later plead guilty to sexual abuse. After serving four years in prison, he was given lifetime probation.

He is now missing.

Ponce is 46-years-old and is 5' 6" tall and weighs 175 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

If you know anything about his whereabouts, please contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.