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Alleged sex offender apprehended by deputies, charged with fleeing

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A man accused of felony sexual abuse was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, about two months after he failed to appear in court.

Detectives with the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office went to a home on Valley View Drive around noon to serve a bench warrant against Owen Maddox, who fled on foot, ran across the roadway through traffic and jumped down a rock cliff, according to law enforcement.

Detectives Chris Conway and Brandon Bryan, Chief Deputy Joedy Gilliland and Sheriff Ramon Pineiroa chased after Maddox and apprehended him.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the detectives were serving warrants for failure to appear and first-degree sexual abuse. 

Maddox was indicted in May on the sexual abuse charge for an alleged offense that occurred in April. According to the indictment, he is accused of “engaging in sexual contact with another person by use of forcible compulsion.” Maddox was originally scheduled to be arraigned on the charge in June but failed to appear, according to court records. His new arraignment date was set for Thursday. 

As a result of Maddox’s encounter with officers on Tuesday, he is also charged with first-degree fleeing on foot and resisting arrest.