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Florida man uses fake Snapchat profile to lure 13-year-old girl for sex

A 29-year-old Florida man was arrested Friday night for using a fake Snapchat profile to lure a 13-year-old girl for sex, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.

Joaquin Mendez has been charged with lewd or lascivious battery of a victim under 16.

The 13-year-old’s mother called police Friday afternoon after finding “concerning text messages” on the girl’s phone during a routine check. The victim told her mother Mendez picked her up Friday morning in his vehicle and drove her to a wooded area, where they had sex. She said she met him on Facebook.

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Detectives investigating the case discovered Instagram and Snapchat accounts that Mendez used to contact the girl contained images of a young Black man who looked nothing like Mendez.

Deputies found Mendez’s vehicle later Friday afternoon and watched the house until detectives returned with a search and arrest warrant. He was taken into custody at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday and booked into the Volusia County Branch jail, where he was being held on a $25,000 bond early Saturday evening, jail records show.

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[Featured image: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office]