A Texas man is accused of picking up a 15-year-old girl in another state that he met online and trying to entice her for sex, authorities said.
On Dec. 30, a deputy with the Rankin County Sherriff's Office in Texas saw a Ford Fusion driving recklessly on I-20 near Pelahatchie, Texas. The deputy stopped a vehicle and saw a man and girl in the car.
The driver, Oliver Diaz Gutierrez, reportedly identified his female passenger as “his 20-year-old friend” and said they were visiting a friend in Tennessee.
The deputy reportedly noticed Gutierrez became increasingly nervous throughout the stop and was unable to tell the deputy the girl’s name, according to the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office.
The deputy then spoke to the girl who said Gutierrez picked her up in Tennessee, according to the sheriff's office. When the stories did not match, the deputy searched the vehicle and found the ID for the woman. It stated she was 15 years old.
She then reportedly told the deputy she’d met Gutierrez online and left with him nine hours earlier, according to MagnoliaStateLive.com.
Officers from the Attorney General’s Office and the FBI Human Trafficking task force were called and reportedly determined Gutierrez contacted her online and enticed her to leave with him.
Gutierrez was charged with kidnapping, child exploitation and enticement of a child for sexual purposes.
The child’s parents were contacted and she is now safely back home. The parents did not know she was missing at the time, and Gutierrez had allegedly picked up the girl while they were at work, according to WDAM 7 News.