An 18-year-old man was arrested after police say he had sex with a 13-year-old girl he met on the social networking site MySpace.Edward Anthony Smith was arrested on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and unlawful sexual intercourse, according to the Merced Police Department.
After an investigation that lasted over a month, a warrant for his arrest was obtained by detectives. The 13-year-old victim told police in July that she had consensual intercourse with Smith. The incident happened in late April, according to the press release. The victim said she met Smith on MySpace and in April she gave him her phone number. The victim and Smith began to communicate by text messages, the release states.
The victim said she was aware that Smith was 18, and he was aware that she was 13, according to the release. The victim met with Smith late one evening and they had sex. Smith had asked the victim not to tell anyone otherwise he could go to jail, according to the release.
When detectives interviewed Smith, he admitted he knew the victim was only 13, according to the release. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Raquel Rios at (209)388-7766, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209)385-4725.