Authorities are searching for a 30-year-old Bluffton man accused of sexual misconduct with a 7-year-old girl.
Ruben Nieto-Banda is believed to have assaulted the girl Jan. 5 at a home in the Baywood subdivision, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release.
Banda promised to turn himself in Thursday but failed to come to an arranged meeting with officers, the release said. He has not been seen or heard from since Wednesday.
His last known address is on Baywood Drive. He is Hispanic with black hair, about 5-foot-10, 240 pounds. He is not known to drive or have a vehicle, according to the release.
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Anyone with information can call Investigator Sgt. L. Albertin at 843-255-3413 or leave an anonymous tip with Crimestoppers at 1-888-274-6372 or text TIPSC with a message to 274637.