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As a stranger slept in his 5-year-old daughter's bedroom, Robert DeCosta watched a television report on an accused child molester with growing horror.

The transient that DeCosta's wife had befriended turned out to be wanted in the sexual assaults of three young girls.DeCosta called police when he saw photos of Kyle Allen Ramer on the late news Monday. Officers arrested the 35-year-old fugitive, who was featured recently on "America's Most Wanted."

"I was angry, but I kept control of myself because I didn't want him to know what I knew," DeCosta said Tuesday.

DeCosta's wife, Karen, had found Ramer in a park during a rainstorm Monday. She took pity on Ramer, who had only a bedroll, and invited him to spend the night at her family's home about 90 miles north of San Francisco.

Ramer slept in the DeCosta's daughter's bedroom while the girl slept with her parents in another room. DeCosta's 3- and 4-year-old sons slept in the bedroom next to Ramer.

DeCosta was already having second thoughts about his guest, though, and invited two friends to spend the evening at the house as a precaution.

Ramer was being held Wednesday on $200,000 bail at a Lake County jail. He is charged with molesting three girls in the San Francisco and San Jose areas, and faces up to life in prison under California's "three strikes, you're out" law, said San Jose police investigator Tom Wilson.

DeCosta said he still would help strangers but would be more careful.