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Cops find man with missing teen thousands of miles from where she disappeared; child porn on his phone: Reports

Authorities in Ohio say a missing California teen has been found three days after she was reported missing earlier this month — and the man she was allegedly found with is now facing criminal charges.

According to WJW, the 14-year-old girl was last seen on April 15 in Santa Maria, California, where she reportedly vanished without a trace.

A 39-year-old man investigators believe the girl had been communicating with prior to her disappearance was subsequently located at a residence in Sheffield Lake, Ohio, along with the missing girl.

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Authorities determined they met online and an investigation led them to Ohio, as reported by WEWS.

Upon conducting a forensic examination of a phone in the suspect’s possession, officers reportedly also found what they believed to be a stash of child pornography stored within.

Records indicate Jeremy L. Cruz was arrested on federal charges. The home where he was found reportedly belonged to a relative.

On Friday, officials say he was taken into the custody of federal authorities ahead of a court appearance set for later the same day. Cruz is expected to face a criminal count of interstate transport of child pornography.

The teen has been reunited with her family, officials say.

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[Featured image: Jeremy L. Cruz, police handout]