The Yuba County District Attorney’s Office is working to extradite a man from Kansas who is facing child sex abuse charges and faces the possibility of life in prison.

Samuel I. McConnell, Olivehurst, was charged in Yuba County Superior Court in March with 15 felony counts of unlawful contact with a minor and one felony count of continuous child sexual abuse. Those charges include oral copulation and penetration.

He was arrested Friday at a relative’s home in Pomona, Kansas, by agents from the U.S. Marshals Service Kansas Fugitive Apprehension Team and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. The joint-agency manhunt was led by Yuba County District Attorney Investigator James Perin, according to a statement from Yuba County District Attorney Clint Curry. 

A 16-year-old girl told her parents in September that McConnell, a family member, began abusing her when she was just six years old and stopped when she was 11 or 12. The abuse occurred at an Olivehurst home at least twice a week and so often that “it became a regular thing,” according to court documents. The victim’s parents reported the abuse to police the same day the girl told them.

When the abuse was disclosed in September, McConnell allegedly admitted to the girl’s mother and said he was sorry. He then attempted suicide by allegedly taking medication, driving and intentionally getting into a collision in his vehicle, Curry said.  He was transported to a Roseville hospital for treatment, where he was later contacted by a detective.

McConnell invoked his right to legal counsel. He was later released from the hospital, but detectives weren’t notified and McConnell fled the state. 

Curry said if convicted, McConnell faces total sentences of up to 241 years, or life, in state prison.

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