Marshals arrest suspect in Alpharetta child molestation

U.S. Marshals have arrested a man accused of having inappropriate contact with an Alpharetta girl, police said Monday.

Elmer Moffitt, 47, of Stockbridge, was arrested Thursday at a home in McDonough and charged with three counts of child molestation, according to Alpharetta police. Moffitt is also charged with being a fugitive from justice from Minnesota, where he allegedly failed to register as a sex offender after a prior conviction, George Gordon, spokesman for Alpharetta police, said in an emailed statement.

Investigators believe Moffitt molested a girl at an Alpharetta home in 2011, but the girl did not tell her mother until this year, Gordon said. The victim’s mother contacted Alpharetta police, who began an investigation.

Moffitt was a family friend staying in the victim’s home while he did remodeling work at the time he allegedly molested her, according to an incident report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Moffitt and the victim’s mother were childhood friends, the report states.

U.S. Marshals located and arrested Moffitt, who was booked into the Fulton County jail. He remained Monday in jail, where he was being held without bond.