A Mississippi man has been charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a Columbia girl, according to Investigators with the Columbia Police Department’s (CPD) Special Victims Unit (SVU).

Michael J. Easton has been arrested and charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, first-degree assault and battery and kidnapping, according to police.

Easton was arrested yesterday in Natchez, Mississippi by the United States Marshals Service and members of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).

Investigators say Easton repeatedly sexually assaulted a girl over several years. The most recent alleged crime occurred on July 21, 2017 at a Stoneridge Drive apartment, according to CPD.

The girl, now 12, recently reported the abuse to a relative, who in turn called CPD, police say.

Easton is being held at Adams County Detention Facility in Mississippi, awaiting extradition to South Carolina.