PASCO  COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The man accused of sexually battering a 6-year-old girl in New Port Richey has been found guilty.

Terelle Cole Jr., 25, will now face 12 years in state prison followed by three years of probation.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said a family member caught Cole sexually battering the girl in March 2019. Cole ran but was later located after investigators collected physical evidence and spoke to witnesses, according to deputies.

Investigators said a deputy found Cole driving near the Suncoast Parkway and SR-52. 

“After three years and so many hearings and Covid we have finally received some justice,” the child’s grandmother said. “The road is long and the trams is never gone but know we appreciate all the love and support from everyone!”

He was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual battery, which is a capital felony.