RIVERSIDE – A Colorado man has been arrested by the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the disappearance of 13-year-old Riverside County girl who met the man online.
On March 29, 2012, the Riverside County SAFE Task Force received information from The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding the possible enticement of a child for sexual acts.
The information came from the mother of a 13-year-old girl in the Perris area who said her daughter had been in online contact with a Colorado man who was trying to persuade the underage girl to travel to Colorado.
Because of the threat of the girl possibly traveling to meet the man, SAFE Task Force members immediately contacted the mother. She told investigators that she believed she had the situation under control and would make sure her daughter was not left alone. She then agreed to be interviewed on April 4, 2012. However, the day before that scheduled interview, the girl ran away.
SAFE Task Force members became aware of the girl’s disappearance on April 4, 2012, and immediately reached out to the FBI Office in Riverside for assistance. Through the combined efforts of the SAFE Task Force, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office and FBI offices in Riverside and Colorado, the 13-year-old victim was found and rescued that same day, then returned safely back home.
Authorities in Colorado conducted an investigation and on Jan. 9, 2013, Pueblo County sheriff’s detectives arrested Jim Major Jr., 19, on suspicion of several felonies including sexual assault on a child. It was determined that Major met the girl on Facebook when she was 12 years old and the two had communicated for more than a year. The girl believed that Major was her boyfriend and voluntarily traveled to Colorado to meet him. It is believed that the girl took money for the flight to Colorado from her parents’ bank account without their knowledge.
The SAFE Task Force is a collaboration of multi-disciplined law enforcement agencies including the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside County Probation Department, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Department of Justice, and Corona Police Department. Working together in seamless cooperation, SAFE Task Force personnel are focused on the investigation and prevention of Internet crimes against children. For more information on the SAFE Task Force mission and its operations, visit www.rivcosafe.org
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