A 28-year-old man was arrested at a Norcross motel Tuesday for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old Michigan runaway whom he met online and then brought to Georgia, officials said.
Victor Alfonso Martinez was charged with felony aggravated child molestation and felony interstate interference with custody, according to Gwinnett County police. More charges are possible once the investigation is completed, police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said.
For Gwinnett County, the investigation began around 3 p.m. Tuesday when the police department was contacted by Michigan State Police and the FBI about the missing juvenile, Pihera said. But for them the investigation began Saturday when the teen’s parents reported her missing to the Marshall Police Department. The report set off a nationwide search that involved the FBI, state and local agencies and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Gwinnett County investigators learned that the suspect had allegedly developed a relationship with the teen after meeting her online and keeping in touch through Skype and a social media for about a month, the spokeswoman said. The two agreed to meet at a location in Michigan on Saturday and then travel to Georgia, she said.
Officers tracked Martinez to the motel in Norcross Tuesday through “pings” from his cell phone, Pihera said. Gwinnett County officers and other law enforcement agencies traveled to the hotel and went door-to-door looking for the suspect and the missing teen, she said.
The suspect did not register using his name at the hotel, Pihera said. Eventually, the suspect and the missing teen were located and taken into custody, she said.
The girl’s parents were en route to Georgia to pick up their daughter, Pihera said. Martinez was being held in the Gwinnett County jail without bond Wednesday, according to booking records.