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Arizona Man Faked Own Death With The Help Of Acquaintance, Fled State To Get Out Of Child Molestation Charges: Police

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Mar. 28 2023, Published 5:00 p.m. ET

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A man in Arizona wanted for child molestation allegedly faked his own death and fled the state before getting caught in Indiana, according to authorities.

On March 27, Christen Allen Wright, 38, was found at a home in Sellersburg, Indiana, Clark County Sheriff Scottie Maples announced.

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Wright faced a felony warrant out of Maricopa County, Arizona, for sexual misconduct with a minor, molestation of a child and three counts of sexual conduct with a minor, officials said.

He allegedly had an acquaintance pretend to be a nurse and help him trick his family into believing he was dead, authorities said.

Wright allegedly drove to a local hospital in Arizona and had the acquaintance call his family and tell them he was deceased and they needed to “collect his personal property from the hospital,” Maples said.

The family did go to the hospital and collect his personal property, as the acquaintance “dressed in scrubs” to deceive them, according to authorities.

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This allowed the suspect to flee Arizona, but he was found by the Southern Indiana Regional SWAT Team and taken into custody, officials said.

Wright was booked into the Clark County Jail and is awaiting extradition back to Maricopa County, Arizona.

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