An Atlantic City man wanted for more than 19 years in the sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl has been arrested in Spain.

Alejandro Arguedas-Aranda was taken into custody by Spanish authorities Monday and is awaiting extradition to the United States, Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles announced Wednesday.

Arguedas-Aranda, now 64, was accused in 1994 of sexually abusing the girl at various times from March 1984 to March 1985, when she was 6 years old and in his care. He allegedly had the girl perform oral sex on him, according to a report in The Press of Atlantic City at the time.

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He was arrested in 1994, charged with sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and child abuse. But Arguedas-Aranda was able to post his $25,000 bail and then failed to show up at a post-indictment hearing, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. He has been a fugitive since.

In March, the Prosecutor's Office refreshed the case after authorities received a tip that Arguedas-Aranda may be living in Spain. Sheriff’s Office Investigator Anthony Branca, who is assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s New York/New Jersey Fugitive Task Force, led the investigation.

Spanish authorities notified Branca on Monday that Arguedas-Aranda had been apprehended.

“Having officers assigned to the U.S. Marshal's Task Force gives us resources to reach outside the county to apprehend those who try to escape justice,” Atlantic County Sheriff Frank X. Balles said.

The investigation included the Sheriff's Office, Prosecutor's Office and the U.S. Marshal's Service.

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