A twice-convicted felon from Morongo Valley accused of having a sexual relationship with a girl under 14 years old is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

Elogio Arredondo, 40, was charged Wednesday with three counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts on a minor for crimes that allegedly occurred between March 18 and March 28.

Arredondo was arrested Saturday in Bell Gardens, in Los Angeles County, and was transported to the Riverside jail with bail set at $250,000, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff’s deputies were sent March 28 to the 72-000 block of Varner Road in Thousand Palms on a call about a missing juvenile being located. The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force then took control of the investigation and identified Arredondo as the suspect, but he had fled the area by that point, according to the sheriff’s department.

No other details about the investigation were released.

Arredondo has two previous felony convictions in Riverside County, including committing a robbery and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, according to court records.

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