PHOENIX — A man who runs a prisoner transport company is facing federal charges of sexually assaulting three female prisoners while threatening them with a gun.

The U.S. Department of Justice says 49-year-old Eric Scott Kindley was arrested in Stockton, California, on Thursday on a complaint issued in Phoenix, Arizona.

A Justice Department news release says Kindley had a brief court appearance Friday and was ordered detained pending possible transport to Arizona.

The release says Kindley assaulted the women while transporting them between states on separate occasions between January and May. He allegedly stopped in secluded locations and attacked the handcuffed women, threatening them and warning them no one would believe them if they complained.

Court records that might list an attorney who could speak for Kindley were not available Friday evening.