A Mexican man who’s in the U.S. illegally took a teenage girl against her will from North Texas to Georgia for sex, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
A Nov. 14 indictment alleges that Andres Castaneda-Guzman, 24, kidnapped a minor and transported her across state lines for the purpose of engaging in unlawful sexual activity. He pleaded not guilty at a hearing Monday, according to online court records.
“This kidnapping and sexual assault of a minor is stunning,” U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak said Tuesday in a written statement.
Castaneda-Guzman went to a party in Terrell on Sept. 2 for the upcoming 15th birthday of the girl, who is a distant relative of his, according to statement from a U.S. Department of Homeland Security agent filed in federal court in Atlanta.
The teen, identified in court documents by her initials only, told an investigator that Castaneda-Guzman had moved to Texas from Georgia in August and that she had been turning down his advances for several weeks, but he had become increasingly jealous and possessive in the days leading up to the party, the agent’s statement says.
She told the investigator she had no idea Castaneda-Guzman was going to take her to Georgia.
The party, which was at a family friend’s house, was going around 1 a.m. on Sept. 3, when Castaneda-Guzman offered to take the teen to meet some guests who had been unable to find the party and to help guide them back. Instead, he drove her to Georgia, the agent’s statement says.
The teen’s family noticed she was no longer at the party and reported her missing around 2:30 a.m.
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