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Serial sexual predator arrested in Miami

Ariel Hurtado, 35, was arrested outside his mother's apartment and charged with six probation violations and failure to register as a sex offender.

A serial predator considered one of the top five most-wanted sex offenders in South Florida was arrested Thursday.

Authorities said Ariel Hurtado, 35, was arrested outside his mother’s apartment and charged with six probation violations and failure to register as a sex offender.

In 1997, Hurtado was arrested and charged with multiple counts of lewd and lascivious assault and indecent assault on a child under the age of 16.

He was designated a sex offender in 2001, and was convicted and sentenced to a year and a day in prison, followed by five years of probation.

Miami police officers arrested Hurtado again in 2004 after he repeatedly exposed himself to numerous girls and teenagers at bus stops on several occasions.

Hurtado admitted to exposing himself six times to girls and teenagers at bus stops along West Flagler Street in Miami.

Authorities designated Hurtado a sexual predator in 2008. He had been eluding police since Sept. 9, 2008.

Detectives, who were keeping Hurtado’s mother’s home under surveillance, spotted him as he arrived to visit her apartment at 3150 Mundy St. in Miami.

Miami-Dade detectives and U.S. marshals arrested him in the parking lot. Police said Hurtado was driving his girlfriend’s car and using a stolen tag on the vehicle to avoid detection.

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