Texas man charged with having sex with Hutchinson 15-year-old

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KAKE) -

A missing Hutchinson girl has been found, and the man who lured her across state lines has been arrested.

The girl's distraught father says he's relieved he has his 15-year-old safe, but he's angry someone took advantage of her.

"I just video-chatted with her for a few hours Friday night, and everything was fine. We laughed and enjoyed each other's company," said Tony, whose last name we're leaving out for the privacy of his daughter.

Two days after that happy conversation between Tony, who lives in Texas and his daughter in Hutchinson, he got the news: his daughter mysteriously disappeared.

On Sunday, family members in Hutchinson told police the 15-year-old was missing, and police reported her as a runaway.

But family insisted it wasn't like her to leave home.

"I just couldn't understand how she just could be gone like that," said Tony.

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said 36-year-old Juan Carlos Carmona was charged Thursday with one count of traveling from Texas to Kansas to have sex with a minor and one count of transporting a minor from Kansas to Texas to have sex with her.

The investigation began Sunday when the 15-year-old girl was reported missing.

Investigators learned that in April, Carmona allegedly drove from Texas to meet the girl and have sex with her. McAllister said Carmona rented a room at a Hutchinson hotel where he and the girl met.

After returning to Texas, Carmona allegedly came back to Kansas on Sunday, picked up the girl and drove her to Houston, where the two had sex. FBI agents found the girl Wednesday night at an InTown Suites in the northwest part Houston.

The girl's mother said her daughter met Carmona while playing video games online and the two had talked for many months. 

If convicted, Carmona faces up to 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the first count and not less than 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the second count.



 


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The mother of a missing Hutchinson teen has reached out to the community through social media.

The Hutchinson Police Department told The Hutchinson News that the 15-year-old's mother reported the girl as a runaway at 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 6.

The girl's mother, Cristina Gonzalez, said on Facebook that the teen was last seen at her home around 8 a.m. Sunday morning, wearing a reddish-maroon shirt with gray sleeves and black or dark blue jeans, and black and white sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hutchinson police at (620) 694-2816.

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