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Predator Check Suspect Thomas Tinapple Turns Himself In

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Thomas Tinapple turned himself into authorities after being featured on FOX 26's Predator Check segment.

He's is a 42-year-old man who, according to court documents, attacked a young girl in Huffman in April 2009.

He's now out of jail on bond and has a court date later in July.

A 16-year-old girl says she was visiting when Tinapple and his friends gave her drugs and alcohol. She woke-up, she says, in Tinapple's bed with him touching her under her clothing.

"Possibly, the victim thought that she was there with friends," says Katherine Cabaniss from Houston Crime Stoppers. "She felt like that she was in a safe place. Felt like she was in a place that, perhaps, she could be at a party with people she trusted. That simply was not the case. This is one of those good reminders, to kids, to teenagers, circumstances are not always what you think they are."

Tinapple was indicted by a Harris County grand jury in September and was still believed to be in the Houston or Huffman area.

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