An American accused of sexual assault who allegedly sent spine-tingling messages to his victim is in custody in France and awaits extradition proceedings, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The three-year international manhunt finally ended in France, where Ian Thomas Cleary was detained last month as part of a police check, according to the AP, citing a prosecutor in Metz, France.

Cleary, a 31-year-old Saratoga, California, native, is accused of stalking a Gettysburg College student, who was 18 at the time, sneaking into her dorm and sexually assaulting her as she texted friends for help.