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Accused squatter, rapist turns himself in

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A man who police said has been on the run after being indicted for statutory rape and harboring runaway girls turned himself in to investigators Wednesday.

Metro police spokesman Don Aaron confirmed Ashley King surrendered to police at his attorney's office and was taken to metro general hospital for a mandatory HIV test.

Police said King has been missing ever since he was indicted on charges of statutory rape, aggravated statutory rape and harboring runaways.

King has been featured in a series of Channel 4 I-Team investigations where we found him squatting in a foreclosed property in north Nashville with teenage girls living at the house.

As a result of our video, Metro police arrested King and he was slapped with a single charge of harboring runaways.

A judge later threw out the charge because a detective had a scheduling conflict.

King's attorney said his client thought the girls were students.

But the Davidson County district attorney's office then took the case directly to a grand jury, who indicted King on new charges: aggravated statutory rape, solicitation of a child and harboring runaways.

"It kind of disgusts me, but that's why we were so adamant in getting the police and the city involved in removing him," said Keon Wimsatt, president of the neighborhood association.

But when Metro police repeatedly tried to serve a warrant, the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force stepped in.

"It's been clear to us, and to you, that King knows how to hide out," said Don Aaron, Metro police spokesman said in January.

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