JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 33-year-old Mexican citizen arrested at Jacksonville International Airport on May 30 is facing federal charges of transporting a minor child with the intent to engage in illegal sexual activity.
JAA Police Department received a telephone call that a 14-year-old girl had disappeared from her home in Las Vegas and was believed to be traveling by air to Jacksonville.
A check of airline manifests confirmed that the child was listed as a passenger on board a flight to Jacksonville, with a connection in Charlotte, North Carolina.
JAAPD coordinated with officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department to intercept the child at the Charlotte International Airport when the flight landed. The girl was then taken into protective custody.
As the scheduled arrival time of the Jacksonville bound flight approached, an airport officer found Javier Guerrero Molina in a waiting area of the lobby.
When asked by the officer, Molina said that he was there to meet the girl and he was detained.
During questioning Molina admitted that he entered the United States illegally in 1999 or 2000 by paying a smuggler $700 to help him cross the border near Laredo, Texas. Record checks confirmed Molina is not a legal U.S. citizen.
Molina said that he had previously engaged in sexual activity with the child in Jacksonville before she moved with her family to Las Vegas. Police said Molina sent the child money to pay for a one-way airline ticket from Las Vegas to Jacksonville and expected their sexual relationship to continue after her arrival.
If convicted, Molina is faced with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and could face up to life in federal prison.
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