A man wanted for sex crimes involving two young girls in Golden Valley has been arrested out of state. The Mohave County Sheriff’s office said Malakai Thomas Benta, 31, Golden Valley said Benta was a suspect in the ongoing sexual abuse of girls aged 12 and 14 at a residence in the 3200 block of Bryce Road.

Benta was arrested by sheriff’s deputies in Inyo County, California on February 18. Benta was returned to Arizona on March 7 and was booked into the Mohave County jail on 3 counts of sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of sexual abuse.

Benta was released after posting a $25,000 bond on March 14. His next Superior Court hearing is March 27.