Man accused of traveling from Mississippi to Tennessee to have sex with a 12-year-old girl: police

Source: Shelby County jail; MEGA

Dec. 26 2021, Published 9:11 a.m. ET

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A 20-year-old man traveled across state lines to pick up a preteen and take her to his home for sex, police said.

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Memphis police said a woman called in October 2020 to report her 12-year-old daughter was missing. Detectives started to investigate and got the girl’s online messages and social media accounts, according to Fox 13 Memphis.

Investigators said Raul Antonio Villanueva-Lopez had been communicating with the victim, according to Fox 13.

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Cell phone records showed Villanueva-Lopez traveled from Jackson, Mississippi, to the girl’s house in Memphis on Oct. 14, 2020, and then returned to Mississippi several hours later.

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Police tracked the phone on Nov. 2 to Villanueva-Lopez’s house in Mississippi. When they went there, they found the girl and the suspect. Villanueva-Lopez was 18 years old at the time of the incident.

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Villanueva-Lopez admitted to having sex with the girl, according to police.

But it wasn’t until more than a year later that Memphis police charged him rape of a child. He was booked into a Tennessee jail this week.


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