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Man wanted in sexual assault of child at Children’s Museum of Houston found hiding in Arkansas

HOUSTON — A man who allegedly sexually assaulted his friend’s 11-year-old daughter at the Children’s Museum of Houston has been arrested.  Joseph Anderson, 40, was found hiding out in Arkansas, and is awaiting extradition to Harris County to face charges of indecency with a child.

According to police, Anderson was with the girl at the museum in the 1500 Binz Street on Oct. 16.

While they were there, Anderson took the girl to the second floor, where he sexually assaulted her.

Two people witnessed the assault and immediately notified museum staff for help. The victim was taken to a private room where she reported the sexual assault.

Museum authorities took immediate action once the incident was reported to them, however, Anderson had immediately fled before a search of the facility was completed. Museum officials cooperated fully with investigators from the moment the incident was reported.

The child knew Anderson prior to them being at the museum together, as is the case in a majority of child sexual assault cases. He was her mother’s friend.

On Dec. 5, two warrants were issued for his arrest, but Anderson could not be located.

Further investigation led investigators to believe Anderson was staying with relatives in Paragould, Arkansas. Thanks to the cooperation of the Arkansas State Police, Anderson was taken into custody without incident on Friday.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined additional victims may have been sexually assaulted by Anderson at different locations. Anyone who believes his/her child may have had inappropriate contact with Anderson is urged to contact the HPD Special Victims Division at 713-308-1140 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.