Jun 19, 2014 5:36 PM by KATC

Man found with Florida teen has history of molestation

The sex offender found with a missing Florida teen in Louisiana served prison sentences in Georgia after he was convicted of molesting a 7-year-old female family member.

Steven Myers, 41, of Plant City, Fla., in 1999, was found guilty of child molestation. He was sentenced to five years in prison and 10 years probation. He violated probation four times -- in 2004, 2008 and twice in 2010, the the Forsyth County Sheriff Office told KATC.

Myers returned to prison in May 2010 to serve the remainder of his sentence, and was released in February 2012.

He moved to Florida a year later, where he was not on probation, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

But Myers will face new charges in both Florida and here, deputies said during a press conference today.

In Florida, Myers will be charged with interference with child custody, attempted unlawful sexual activity with a minor and traveling to meet a minor. He's expected to be charged with attempted first degree murder, aggravated property damage and resisting arrest in Louisiana.

Sixteen-year-old Ashley Lyon, from theTampa Bay area, left home June 11 with Myers.

The two were recognized by a cashier at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, which prompted a 40-mile chase on the interstate until state troopers used a spike strip to stop the truck, which was reported stolen out of Taylor County, Fla.

Lyon was stabbed at least 10 times, and Myers then began stabbing himself, according to deputies.


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