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Man accused of impregnating daughter may still be in area

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrenceville man accused of impregnating his teenage daughter and sexually assaulting his stepdaughter recently bought a car and may still be somewhere in the metro Atlanta area.

Investigators discovered that Early Arnold Connelly, 55, bought a Chrysler P.T. Cruiser from the Norcross CarMax on Saturday, according to Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Connelly bought the car days before he had warrants issued against him on two counts of rape and two counts of incest. Investigators are still trying to locate him.

Police started to investigate the case when a mother brought her 16-year-old daughter to a metro Atlanta hospital after she said she was not feeling well, according to Moloney. When a pregnancy test came back positive, the daughter said she had been sexually assaulted by Connelly, her biological father.

Connelly also allegedly sexually assaulted his 19-year-old stepdaughter, who is physically and mentally disabled, Moloney said. She is not pregnant.

Investigators with the department's Special Victims Unit believe the sexual abuse occurred over several years, ending in January when the girls' mother and Connelly separated.

The Gwinnett Daily Post has a policy against identifying victims of sexual assault. Neither of the victims share Connelly's last name.

Police believe Connelly is aware of the charges and is actively avoiding them. They have made several attempts to contact Connelly. According to Moloney, he was in constant contact with the mother and daughters until their visit to the hospital.

"Investigators are staying in contact with the mother and victims and working leads as they present themselves," Moloney said.

They are searching for the 2004 P.T. Cruiser that Connelly purchased on Saturday. His vehicle is bright blue, and has chrome wheels and a black interior.

Connelly is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 252 pounds. Police are asking anyone with direct knowledge of his whereabouts to call 911. Those with general information about his location should call 770-513-5300 and ask for a Special Victims Investigator.