A Birchwood man who fled prosecution for child sex assault in spring 2012 has been arrested in Arizona and turned over to federal authorities, according to Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.
County authorities were told Saturday, Jan. 12, that U.S. Marshals had custody of Romaine A. Quinn, 47, after his arrest in Overgaard, Ariz., a community located about 25 miles south of Winslow in the north-central part of the state.
Fitzgerald said Quinn was wanted for absconding from federal probation as well as on Barron County charges including sexual assault of a child and felony bail jumping.
Federal authorities told Barron County that U.S. Marshals would soon transport Quinn back to Barron County, Fitzgerald said.
Quinn was the alleged assailant in a sex assault of a then-13-year-old girl in an incident near Rice Lake Speedway in July 2010. At the time of the incident, Quinn was about to serve a prison sentence for using more than $30,000 of investors’ money to gamble at Las Vegas, according to court records.
He pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault charge in September 2011. A two-day jury trial was scheduled for May 2012, but Quinn failed to show up for a plea hearing in late April and reportedly fled to Canada.
Barron County authorities contacted the U.S. Marshals Service after Quinn fled.