Most Wanted: Accused Smyrna child predator may have fled country

SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) – In the country illegally, Artemio Xalate-Rivas reportedly lived in the Smyrna area for a while.

According to police, Xalate-Rivas had a job, made friends, and carried on relationships with several different women. During that same time, he’s accused of preying on a child.

“The suspect had been sexually molesting this young girl from anywhere in the neighborhood of around 4 to 6 years old on numerous occasions,” Sgt. Bobby Gibson with the Smyrna Police Department told News 2.

According to Sgt. Gibson, the Department of Children’s Services contacted law enforcement in a neighboring county.

(Courtesy: Smyrna Police Department)

Through interviews with the parents and the victim, it was determined that some of the crimes were alleged to have taken place in Smyrna.

A warrant was issued for his arrest and officers went in search of him. They checked Xalate-Rivas’

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