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Man accused of child sex crimes that span 40 years will face trial

PRESCOTT - Eric George McNeill, accused in numerous sex crimes against children between 4 and 17 years old over a 40-year period, is expected to go to trial in November.

McNeill, 65, is believed to have committed sex offenses as far back as 1972 and as recently as September 2011, YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

After a superior court judge signed an arrest warrant in August 2012, McNeill was the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

McNeill's case was featured on the "America's Most Wanted" television program in September 2012 and, based on tips authorities received, they learned he was in southern Oregon. On Sept. 19, U.S. Marshals spotted McNeill's vehicle at a roadside campground, approximately eight miles north of Klamath Falls. With help from the Klamath Falls Police Department and Oregon State Police, they took him into custody without incident.

He's been indicted on 10 counts of sexual conduct with a minor, three counts of sexual assault, five counts of child molestation and one count each of kidnapping, attempted sexual assault, aggravated assault, and influencing a witness.

McNeill's attorney, Bob Gundacker, said Tuesday that the state had offered no plea agreement.

Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley set a six-day trial to start Nov. 13.

McNeill is being held without bond.

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