A convicted child molester who absconded was arrested Thursday by U.S. marshals.

Jereal Turner, 27, removed his ankle-monitoring bracelet on Aug. 2 and fled the halfway house where he was required to live as a condition of his county probation.

U.S. marshals caught him at a home Thursday in the 4400 block of West Wetmore Road, although he tried to flee, said Daniel A. Leyva, spokesman for the agency.

He was booked into the Pima County jail and faces additional charges of failure to register as a sex offender. In 2007, Turner was convicted of sexually assaulting the daughter, 6, of his ex-girlfriend and was sentenced to five years in prison. He is classified as a Level 3 sex offender.

Kimberly Matas