Nationwide warrant issued for man arrested in Tri-Cities sex sting

Nationwide warrant issued for child...

A nationwide arrest warrant has been issued for one of the 26 men arrested in a Tri-Cities child sex sting operation last month.

Ali Almafoodh, 35, posted his $10,000 bail after being charged with one count of attempted second-degree child rape. He then left the U.S. for a two-and-a-half week trip to the Middle East.

He returned to Philadelphia but never made it back to the Tri-Cities, police said

Almafoodh’s bail has been raised to $500,000.

This is Benton County’s fourth sex crime case in three years in which the defendant fled out of town. All of those suspects have yet to be captured.

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