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UPDATE: Leland sexual assault suspect arrested in Idaho, now in Bwk Co. jail

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Vargas-Julio is charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child, and two counts of failure to appear on a misdemeanor. He is in the Brunswick County Jail under a $500,600 secure bond. (Source: BCSO) Vargas-Julio is charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child, and two counts of failure to appear on a misdemeanor. He is in the Brunswick County Jail under a $500,600 secure bond. (Source: BCSO)
Fernando Vargas-Julio was arrested in Idaho by US Marshals. (Source: Leland Police Department) Fernando Vargas-Julio was arrested in Idaho by US Marshals. (Source: Leland Police Department)
LELAND, NC (WECT) -

A man accused of indecent liberties with a child is back in the Brunswick County Jail after being arrested in Idaho July 3.

According to the Leland Police Department, officials received a report May 13 that Fernando Vargas-Julio was the suspect in a sexual assault.

Over the course of the investigation detectives learned that some of Vargas-Julio's assaults also occurred outside of the Leland town limits, so the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office was contacted.

Through a joint effort between the Leland Police Department and the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, warrants were obtained by both agencies for Vargas-Julio for two counts of first degree sex offense with a child, three counts of Indecent Liberties with a child, two counts of crimes against nature, and disseminating obscenity to a minor.

Vargas-Julio is charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child, and two counts of failure to appear on a misdemeanor.

Detectives learned information regarding the location of Vargas-Julio and passed it on to the Wilmington Division of the United States Marshal Service Eastern North Carolina Violent Fugitive Task Force for apprehension.

The Wilmington Division of the U.S. Marshals E/NC Violent Fugitive Task Force accepted responsibility for Vargas-Julio from the Leland Police Department in late May.

From there, the Marshals Task Force conducted several interviews regarding Vargas-Julio until they developed information late on July 2 that Vargas-Julio was staying with a friend in Jerome, ID. That information was forwarded to U.S. Marshals Service Task Force in Idaho early July 3.

Due to the time sensitivity of the information, the members of the task force immediately made the two hour trip to Jerome and found Vargas-Julio at Millenkamp Cattle Ranch working as a laborer under a fictitious name.

Vargas-Julio initially gave false identification to Deputy Marshals; however, they were able to positively identify him from pictures. Marshals arrested Vargas-Julio around 2 p.m. July 3.

Vargas-Julio is currently in the Brunswick County jail under a $500,600 secured bond.

The Wilmington Division of the U.S. Marshals E/NC Violent Fugitive Task Force is comprised of the U.S. Marshals Service, NC State Probation and Parole, and the Wilmington Police Department.

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