Man accused of lewd act on minor

Joel Chirinos-Zepeda (Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office)
Joel Chirinos-Zepeda (Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office)

BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) - A Bluffton man is wanted in connection with having inappropriate contact with an 11-year-old girl.

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office investigators are looking for Joel Chirinos-Zepeda, 33, who is wanted on an outstanding warrant for committing a lewd act upon a child under 16.

Chirinos' charge stems from a Nov. 25 incident. He's accused of going to a family's friend's home and having inappropriate contact with a girl while her parents were away, according to the sheriff's office.

Chirinos is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 175 lbs.

His last known address is 115 Haigler Blvd, #507 in Bluffton.  The sheriff's office believes he may have fled the area after finding out about the warrant for his arrest.

Those with information regarding Chirinos-Zepeda's whereabouts should  contact either Investigator Cpl.  J. Garcia at 843.255.3412 or the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843.524.2777.

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