A 28-year-old man was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force on Thursday, accused of sexually assaulting a young girl in 2016, authorities said.

Rickey Gene Lloyd Jr., of Killeen, was arrested after Bellmead police received a first-degree felony warrant charging aggravated sexual assault of a child. According to the arrest affidavit, Lloyd had sexual contact with a young girl in October 2016 when the girl was about 9 or 10 years old.

Bellmead police became aware of the alleged assault when the girl told La Vega Independent School District personnel she had been inappropriately touched by Lloyd, according to the affidavit. La Vega ISD police contacted Bellmead police, who arranged for a forensic interview with the girl, the affidavit states.

Bellmead police Lt. Kory Martin said Lloyd touched the girl while she was asleep at a Bellmead home. The girl woke up and realized what was going on, causing her to run to the bathroom and lock the door, Martin said.

He said the girl stayed in the bathroom until Lloyd agreed to take her to a family member's home.

Police attempted to interview Lloyd about the allegations, but he did not show up for the interview, the affidavit states. Police later issued an arrest warrant for Lloyd.

Martin said Lloyd was arrested by U.S. Marshals outside of McLennan County. He was booked into McLennan County Jail on Thursday and released by Friday evening on $25,000 bond.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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