NEW SHARON, Maine — Investigators in western Maine are looking for a man who they say is refusing to return a juvenile girl back to her family, according to a report from WGME TV.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says 15-year-old Opal Swearingen went missing from her foster home in New Sharon on June 11. Since then, investigators say they have learned that she ran away with a 30-year-old man who she’s been having a sexual relationship with.
The sheriff’s office says the man, Charles Fontenot, has been in contact with family members over the last two weeks and has refused to return Swearingen home safe.
Fontenot is charged with felony sexual abuse of a minor and criminal restraint. The two were last seen in Lewiston on June 12 in a Chevy Pickup 1500 with Maine registration number 1068-SW.