Sheriff: Man arrested on cross-country trip with girl, 12

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A self-proclaimed pedophilia advocate who once ran for political office in Virginia has been arrested by authorities who said they caught him flying across the country with a 12-year-old girl.

The Fresno County, California, sheriff said Saturday that 40-year-old Nathan Larson had met the girl online and persuaded the girl to run away from home recently. Authorities said the two boarded a plane bound Monday for Washington, D.C., and were stopped on a Denver layover.

Officials say the girl was not injured and has been reunited with her family in California. Larson is a Virginia resident who ran and lost a 2017 campaign for the state’s House of Delegates.

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