Tennessee man accused of child rape arrested in Alabama

PHOTO: TBI on Twitter

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say a Tennessee man suspected in the rape of a 16-month-old boy has been arrested in Alabama.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted that 33-year-old Simon Dean Porter was taken into custody Sunday morning by Scottsboro police. News outlets report the Lawrenceburg resident was on the bureau’s Top 10 Most Wanted list.

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Scottsboro police detective Lt. Zackie Gant says a passerby had seen Porter walking along a highway and alerted authorities. Porter was sought on a Lawrenceburg police arrest warrant for an aggravated child rape charge.

Police say doctors treating the baby at a hospital in Nashville had notified them about the sexual assault this month.

Porter was extradited to Tennessee. It is unclear if he has a lawyer who could comment for him.

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