A 42-year-old man was arrested Thursday after a McLennan County handed down a sealed indictment last week accusing him of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl nine years ago.

A grand jury indicted Judson Edward Knowles, of Waco, on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child in an incident first reported to police in 2010. The indictment remained sealed until his arrest.

Bellmead police Lt. Brenda Kinsey said girl, who was 13 at the time, reported the alleged sexual assault to police, but investigators received conflicting information. The case was referred to the McLennan County District Attorney's Office in 2016, Kinsey said.

It is unclear when the case was presented to the grand jury, but the indictment and arrest warrant were issued last week.

McLennan County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Knowles early Thursday morning at a residence near Elm Mott, according to McLennan County jail records. He remained in custody Thursday with bond listed at $250,000.

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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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