Man arrested for molesting a newborn baby after being on the run for 30 years

An Australian man has been arrested in the United States for the alleged sexual assault of a two-week-old baby.

The alleged sick "predator" Trevor 'Wombats' Rombouts, is accused by detectives in Oklahoma of molesting children.

He allegedly followed a pattern of meeting and moving in with a woman and then sexually assaulting her kids.

Oklahoma authorities said his youngest alleged victim is a two-week-baby in Victoria, Australia, a warrant for his arrest was issued in the late 1990s but he went on the run.

Detective Lieutenant Jillian Phippen, of the Tulsa Police Department's special victims unit in Oklahoma, said: "This clearly is a predator."

Rombouts only came to the attention of the police last year when a victim reported him and alleged she had been assaulted over a number of year as a child.

Police then started investigating him and there are three alleged victims in the US – two in Oklahoma and a third was in Texas.

Detective Lieutenant Jillian Phippen said: "Once we started looking at it my detective was like, 'There's going to be more victims just because of his behaviour and how he was treating the victim'."

"Once he started diving into the investigation that's what happened.

"We found more victims who were able to come forward and tell their story.

"We reached out to Australia where he lived and we received information back saying he had been looked at there for child molestation as well.

"Our red flags went up and we knew this was a predator and he was not going to stop."

There might also be victims in Belgium, the detective added.

Rombouts was located in Joplin, Missouri on Monday and he was arrested.

The Australian warrants from the 1990s relate to the alleged abuse of three young children, including a baby who was just two weeks old.

Rombouts has been charged with two counts of child sexual abuse and two counts of lewd molestation.

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