An accused child molester who spent months hiding out in the Bahamas faced a judge Friday morning in Osceola County Florida.
Loomes Wheeler Jr. was booked into the Osceola County Jail Thursday night after being extradited back to the county.
Wheeler appeared in court alongside his former business associate, who is accused of helping him flee to the Bahamas.
Patrice Smith Bullard is accused of helping him leave the country after Wheeler cut off his GPS monitor in September and provided him with a few names and phone numbers of individuals she knew in the Bahamas, authorities said.
One of the names was Bullard’s ex-husband, whom Wheeler was with when he was arrested, authorities said.
Wheeler is accused of molesting two relatives when they were children. His run from the law ended during a drug investigation when investigators took him into custody without immediately knowing who he was.
Both Wheeler and Bullard are being held without bond.
The judge said Friday Wheeler will face 16 charges.
He did not complete an application in time for a public defender, so he was appointed one temporarily.
Bullard is charged with accessory after the fact.