Missing 13-year-old girl found locked in man’s shed Who Allegedly Groomed Her Online
Jorge Camacho was arrested for the abduction of a 13-year-old girl in Texas (Pictures: AP / WXII/Davidson County Sheriff’s Office)
A missing 13-year-old girl from Texas was found locked in a man’s shed over 1,000 miles away in North Carolina.
Police in Dallas coordinated with sheriff’s deputies in Davidson County, North Carolina after they discovered a girl recently reported missing was speaking with an adult man from their area online.
‘The juvenile had been communicating with an adult male through a social media chat platform,’ the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office stated. ‘The content of the chat was consistent with grooming and enticement.’
Investigators were able to quickly identify the suspect by identifying a car seen on video near the child’s home in Texas. The car was registered to a man who lived in Lexington, North Carolina.
Deputies moved quickly to search the suspect’s house on Friday. The child was found not inside, but was instead being held in an shed on the curtilage of the property, the sheriff’s office said.
‘She was locked in that building and couldn’t get out,’ Davidson County Sheriff Richie Simmons said at a news conference on Monday.
The suspect was identified as Jorge Ivan Santos Camacho, 34, of Lexington, North Carolina. He was charged with eight felonies, including abduction of a child, felonious restraint, human trafficking, statutory rape of a child, statutory sex offenses with a child, and indecent liberties.
The suspect is being held at Davidson County Jail on $1.25million bond.
The victim was taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation, and has since been brought back to Texas.
Sheriff Simmons said cases involving social media were ‘becoming a major problem,’ and implored parents to monitor their children’s’ behavior online.
Simmons said the Sheriff’s Office has seen cases like this ‘skyrocket’ in recent years, so much so that his office is hiring more investigators to handle the caseload.