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'Most Wanted' fugitive captured in S.D.

Aug. 15, 2008 at 7:15 PM   |   Comments

TEA, S.D., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A fugitive profiled on "America's Most Wanted" was arrested Friday in Tea, S.D., Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead said.

Police arrested Preston Duane Hightower at about 8 a.m., the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus-Leader reported.

The 37-year-old Texas man had been working in the small town as a roofer. He was convicted in Grayson County, Texas, of aggravated sexual contact with three young children, Milstead said.

Hightower had been sentenced to serve three 20-year prison terms, but fled during his sentencing.

The contractor for whom Hightower was working said he had no idea his employee was a fugitive, the newspaper said.

Hightower was being held in the Minnehaha County Jail, awaiting extradition to Texas.

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