Colo. man accused of luring, sexually abusing Peoria teenPosted: Updated:
PEORIA, Ariz. -- A 37-year-old Colorado man is accused of luring and sexually abusing a Peoria teen.
Jose Sanchez is facing multiple felony counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, sexual conduct with a minor, and molestation.
Sanchez and his then-14-year-old victim first had contact via a smartphone app called Farm Story, according to Jay Davies with the Peoria Police Department.
From there, Sanchez lured her to a private online chat room where they communicated for about a month and planned to meet in person.
Davies said Sanchez made at least three trips to Arizona from Brighton, Colo., between June and August and on each trip engaged in sexual contact with the girl.
The victim's mother questioned her after finding an iPhone. She called police after the now 15-year-old girl disclosed her ongoing contact with Sanchez.
Detectives began communicating with Sanchez, who thought he was communicating with the victim, and arranged a meeting for Saturday. Sanchez was taken into custody without incident when he showed up at the meeting location.
Police say parents should be alert to additional Internet-connected electronics that suddenly appear in their child's possession. In general, any type of gift can be a sign a child is being groomed by a predator.
At this point, Peoria detectives have only identified this one victim, but the investigation is ongoing.