A Wyoming man accused of sexually assaulting a child and who investigators believe may have tried to fake his own disappearance has been arrested getting off a bus in Billings.
Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Rod Ostermiller said the Montana Violent Offender Task Force arrested David Michael Norgaard, 35, on a felony warrant out of Campbell County, Wyo.
Norgaard, who was convicted in 1997 of sexually abusing a young girl, is accused of three counts of sexual abuse of a minor and failure to register as a sex offender, all felonies.
A Wyoming judge last October set his bond at $40,000. Norgaard didn't show up for a pre-trial hearing on March 11, and the judge issued a warrant.
Ostermiller said Wyoming investigators believe Norgaard may have tried to fake his own disappearance or suicide after leaving Gillette by abandoning his car "out in the middle of nowhere, like he just wandered off."
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The Wyoming marshals service asked its Montana counterpart to look for Norgaard possibly traveling by a bus.
At about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, task force members spotted a man matching Norgaard's description getting off a bus in downtown Billings.
"Norgaard was initially uncooperative with officers regarding his true identity but eventually cooperated and was taken into custody without incident," Ostermiller said in a statement.
He was booked into the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.