ENUMCLAW, Washington (KING) -- The small town of Enumclaw, Washington is in disbelief after a young girl was sexually assaulted at the public library.
25-year-old Travis Lear is accused of child molestation and kidnapping. He's also a registered sex offender.
"What happened is a rarity in this town," said Sergeant John Buss with the Enumclaw Police Department. "In the 24 years I've been here, I've never heard of an abduction like this."
Police say the 11-year-old victim was at the library with her father on Wednesday afternoon. She was by his side almost the entire time, but briefly went to the car to get a snack. Police say that's when Lear approached her.
Lear is someone police were quite familiar with. He's a convicted felon, whose previous victims include a 14-year-old girl from Pierce County and a mentally disabled woman from Auburn.
Surveillance cameras inside the library helped investigators positively identify Lear. He was arrested a short time later at his mother's house in Enumclaw.