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A FLORIDA man has been arrested for allegedly luring a 13-year-old girl on Snapchat by using a fake profile, police said.

Joaquin Mendez, 29, was arrested on Friday after he allegedly lured and raped the girl, police said.

2Joaquin Mendez was arrested after allegedly using a fake Snapchat profile to lure a 13-year-old girlCredit: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the girl's mom "found concerning text messages on her daughter's phone during a routine check.


Florida police said the girl told her mom she met Mendez on Snapchat.

She allegedly told her mother that Menzez picked her up in his vehicle, drove her to a wooded area, and had sex with her.

Cops said they tracked Mendez's vehicle, and arrested him after getting a warrant.

Pictures shared by police showed the fake account Mendez used.

2The fake profile the alleged sicko is said to have usedCredit: Crime Online

The fake account showed pictures of a young male that looked nothing like Mendez.

He also used a fake Instagram account, police said.

Mendez was charged with lewd or lascivious battery with a child older than 12 but younger than 16 – known commonly as "statutory rape."

Records showed Mendez was still in jail as of Tuesday.

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He is held on a bond of $25,000.

Police have urged parents to speak with their kids about the possible dangers of talking to strangers online.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) at 800-656-HOPE (4673).

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Veteran cop ‘raped family friend’s daughter, 11, after dragging her into bedroom and saying she was “so sexy”‘

A VETERAN cop is accused of dragging the 11-year-old daughter of a family friend into a bedroom and raping her - after allegedly saying the child was "so sexy".

Ivan Delgado, 52, was ordered to stay away from the girl who claims the officer repeatedly raped her, according to the Fairfield Citizen. 

2The 11-year-old girl claimed he had called her 'so sexy'Credit: Getty Images - Getty 2Delgado has been with Bridgeport police department for 13 yearsCredit: YouTube

During an interview with the state Department of Children and Families, the young girl claimed Delgado, who is known to her family, touched her inappropriately a number of times.

She claimed the severity of the assaults had increased recently.

The girl told investigators that she had been at Delgado’s home when he pulled her into his bedroom, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. 

She claimed he told her he found her “so sexy” and then raped her as she begged him to stop.


The young child used a doll to demonstrate to investigators what Delgado did to her.

She called him “a very nice person who is sick in the head”, according to the affidavit.

The girl's mother had reported the incident on August 29 to the state Department of Children and Families, who then informed Bridgeport police department.

When confronted by fellow officers with the allegations, Delgado reportedly denied sexually assaulting the girl and told police he had never been alone with her.

The police sergeant was charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and three counts of risk of injury to minor.

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He was arrested on Friday and released after posting a $250,000 bond. 

Delgado, who has been with Bridgeport police department for 13 years, has been placed on administrative leave without pay. 

He had been promoted to sergeant six years ago. 

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