A South Australian man wanted over alleged serious sexual offending involving a child under the age of 18 has been arrested. 

SA Police said Allan Hopkins, 44, was arrested in New South Wales following a public call out for information on his whereabouts. 

“SAPOL wish to thank members of the public for their assistance,” police said in a statement.

“South Australia Police would like to thank all the other states authorities for their assistance in bringing this matter to a conclusion.

“More information will be provided when it comes to hand.”

On Friday, Detective Superintendent Scott Fitzgerald said Mr Hopkins was wanted for an alleged incident that occurred in South Australia earlier this month.

The officer could not go into more detail about the circumstances of the new allegations to protect the alleged victim.

SA Police said Mr Hopkins was also wanted for alleged offending in various states.

On Friday, police said they believed he was in south-east Queensland.

Detective Superintendent Fitzgerald said Mr Hopkins was sighted in an eastern Adelaide suburb bottle shop, then a Millicent pharmacy in the state’s south-east earlier this month, before he was spotted in Victoria, then New South Wales.

“On the 4th of May he was in Victoria and is now currently wanted for allegedly fleeing a roadside intercept,” Detective Superintendent Fitzgerald said.

He said two days later his vehicle was seen on the Barrier Highway in New South Wales.

Before the arrest, Detective Superintendent Fitzgerald said police would be looking to bring Mr Hopkins back to SA and called on him to hand himself in. 

“If Allan sees [this] report, the message is to hand yourself into the closest police station and that way we can safely apprehend you and place you in front of the court so these matters can be heard,” Detective Superintendent Fitzgerald said.

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