(MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX) – A 21-year-old man found by deputies with a 15-year-old girl Wednesday may face serious charges pending a search of their Internet devices.
Jeremy Bottoms, 21, is charged with making a false report to police after he allegedly lied about how he knew the girl, the Montgomery County Pct. 4 Constable’s Office said.
Deputies found the girl with Bottoms and two other men during a traffic stop around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday on FM 1485 at Doriston in New Caney.
The Constable’s office said deputies separated Bottoms and the girl for questioning.
The girl allegedly provided a fake name and birth date when she said she did not have an ID with her. When confronted about the non-existent alias, the girl allegedly admitted she lied because she was only 15 and sneaked out of her parent’s house.
The teen reportedly told deputies she knew Bottoms from the social media app “Meet Me,” and that she and Bottoms had been texting for over a month.
She also allegedly admitted they had sexual discussions, exchanging lewd sexting photos, but had not engaged in intercourse.
Bottoms is accused of lying to police, claiming the teen was a friend of his sisters and was “like a little sister” to him.
The girl, overhearing Bottoms, reportedly denied she knew his sister.
Deputies said the girl’s mother was confused when they called her, saying her daughter was in bed asleep. Yet, when she checked the girl’s room, she told deputies she was gone.
The mother furnished deputies with her daughter’s iPad to be searched alone with Bottoms’ seized cell phone, deputies said.
Bottoms may face charges including enticing a child or more serious charges depending on what is found on the devices.
Chief Deputy Barry Welch said parents should take note of the case.
“This is a perfect example of how easily social media can be misused and endanger a child,” Chief Welch said.
“It was after midnight, and the parent was at home believing her daughter was safely asleep in her bedroom, but she was out somewhere in a vehicle with three grown men.”
Welch said parents should be able to see what their kids are doing, not only on their computers, but on Internet-enabled devices.
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