Updated:JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —
A man from Mexico who has been living in the United States illegally for nearly 15 years is facing federal charges after he attempted to transport a 14-year-old girl from Las Vegas to Jacksonville to continue a sexual relationship with her.
Javier Guerrero Molina, 33, was arrested May 30 at the Jacksonville International Airport and is still in state custody, according to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley.
On May 29 the Jacksonville Aviation Authority Police Department learned that a 14-year-old girl was reported missing by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and was believed to be heading from Las Vegas to Jacksonville on a one-way ticket.
The child's name was found on a passenger manifest on a flight headed from Las Vegas to Jacksonville with a connecting flight in Charlotte, the release detailed. The child was taken into protective custody by the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department at the Charlotte International Airport.
Molina was found by JAAPD after midnight May 30, when the girl's flight was due to arrive. He told police he was there to meet someone and was detained. Molina told authorities he engaged in sexual activity with the minor before she moved from Jacksonville to Las Vegas and expected their relationship to continue.
Molina is scheduled to appear at a detention hearing on Monday. If convicted, he faces a minimum of up to 10 years in federal prison.