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An Ohio man is behind bars Friday morning for allegedly sexually assaulting a 6-month-old Muncie baby, who contracted a sexually transmitted disease.

According to police, 23-year-old Bryan Strickler was arrested Thursday night in Ohio, about a half hour away from Cleveland.

Strickler is preliminary charged with child molestation and attempted child molestation.

His former girlfriend, Ashley Stapert, was also arrested in connection with the case.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the baby’s mother allowed Strickler and Stapert to stay with her because she believed they were homeless.  The mother said she knew the couple and allowed them to babysit her baby.

The baby was brought to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health to be evaluated.  A medical exam revealed the baby had contracted genital warts.

Strickler will go before a judge in Portage County, Ohio on Monday.  The judge will decide if he will be extradited to Indiana.