A Utah man allegedly lured a 13-year-old girl to a park, using someone else’s Snapchat account, where he told her she could have sex with him, or he would kill her.
Danny Dinh, 23, was arrested this week on charges of aggravated kidnapping, child kidnapping, child rape, aggravated sexual abuse of a child, forcible sodomy, sodomy on a child, sexual exploitation of a minor, and enticing a minor, KSL reported.
South Jordan police said the investigation began on March 8 when the foster parent of a 16-year-old girl contacted them, saying her foster daughter’s Snapchat account had been hacked. The older girl told police that she met Dinh when she was 15, and he convinced her to run away from home. She said she stayed with him for a while and used his phone to access her social media accounts.
She later left Dinh and cut off communication with him. Later, she said, she learned that someone was using her Snapchat account, pretending to be her. That someone, she learned, was Dinh.
According to KSTU, the older girl said that another girl had contacted her and said Dinh had been in touch with her. That turned out to be the 13-year-old girl, who told police that Dinh initially posed as the older teenager, but even after he came clean about being male, he lied about his age.
Court documents say he took her to a park and raped her, telling her “he will kill her” or “she can have sex with him” when she begged him to stop.
KSL said detectives served a search warrant for the Snapchat account and found messages in which Dinh is allegedly talking about the two girls. In one message, referring to the 13-year-old, he said, “But my fault if I took things too far.”
Dinh is currently being held in the Salt Lake County Jail without bond, according to jail records.
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