Gridley man arrested in Virginia, accused of sexually molesting a child

A Gridley man was arrested in the State of Virginia, accused of sexually assaulting a child and leaving the state.

Posted: Sep 24, 2021 5:35 PM
Updated: Sep 26, 2021 9:46 AM

GRIDLEY, Calif.- The NCIS Fugitive Recovery Unit arrested a Gridley man on a warrant of probable cause on Aug. 20 for allegedly sexually assaulting a child.

Marlin McElroy, 41, was arrested and booked into the Portsmouth Police Department Jail in the State of Virginia after they located him at his adult son's home. 

On July 6, Gridley Police Officers answered a call for sexual assault of a minor, according to the Gridley Police Department.

Police got a statement from the reporting party, and a minor said they had been sexually assaulted by a grown man multiple times. 

McElroy refused to give a statement at the time. 

On July 28, based on the findings a warrant for McElroy's arrest was filed through the Butte County Superior Court on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, sodomy of a child, oral copulation of a child, and sexual penetration of a child. 

With the help of the Naval Criminal Investigation Service they searched McElroy's home and determined he fled the state.

McElroy was transferred back to Butte County Jail and booked for the above charges after he was arrested in Portsmouth. 

McElroy's bail is set at $4,000,000 as the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are being considered. 

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