Police arrested a 51-year-old Swanville man Saturday night, Nov. 19 on a warrant for his arrest that was issued out of Rhode Island on a sex offense involving a child, according to the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

Daniel Dourant of Swanville was arrested on a fugitive from justice charge at his residence just after 9 p.m. Saturday, said Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton.

Trafton said the warrant for Dourant was discovered while Deputy Kevin Littlefield was conducting an investigation for an unrelated case.

“Deputy Littlefield had been working on a case on the night prior to Mr. Dourant’s arrest,” said Trafton. “During the course of that investigation he found out [Dourant] had a warrant for his arrest out of Rhode Island.”

Littlefield headed to Dourant’s Oak Hill Road residence and spoke briefly with Dourant before taking him into custody. Trafton said Dourant was arrested without incident.

Trafton said Littlefield’s report on Dourant’s arrest stated that the Rhode Island warrant carried an allegation that Dourant had engaged in sexual activity with a child, an act which included fondling, but there was no indication of when or in what part of Rhode Island the offense allegedly took place. There was also no indication of how many charges Dourant faces.

Trafton said the warrant also indicated that Rhode Island authorities would move to extradite Dourant back to the Ocean State.

Dourant made his initial appearance at Fifth District Court in Belfast Monday, Nov. 21, according to court staff. His next appearance, also at Fifth District Court, is slated for Tuesday, Dec. 20.