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News Macon authorities searching for wanted sex offender

Jose Manuel-Portillo EspinalAuthorities in Macon County are searching for a man wanted for sex crimes against a minor.

Jose Manuel-Portillo Espinal, 30, is wanted on several charges including statutory rape, sexual offense, indecent liberties with a minor, kidnapping and second degree rape.

According to a statement by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect, a Mexican male, worked for a painting company until recently. Authorities are unable to locate Espinal at this time. He was said to have been working in the Franklin, Highlands and Cashiers area recently.

Anyone with information with the whereabouts of Jose Manuel- Portillo Espinal is urged to locate Crime Stoppers at (828)349-2600 or the MCSO at (828)349-2104.


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