Man arrested for alleged sexual relationship with 12-year-old

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MESA, Ariz. -- Mesa police have arrested a man accused of having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl.

According to investigators, Evan Pratt, 18, was introduced to the victim by friends two years ago. The victim was 10 at the time.

Investigators said the girl initially lied about her age. According to Detective Steve Berry of the Mesa Police Department, the girl told Pratt she was 15.

Police believe the relationship was mutual. Investigators said there is no evidence of coercion.

The girl's father is the one who contacted police about the situation. He said he figured out what was going on based on conversations with his daughter.

According to police records, Pratt, who was arrested on Thursday, admitted that he had sex with the girl, telling police he thought she was "at least a teenager."

Pratt is facing charges of sexual conduct with a minor.