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6/19/2013 6:00:00 AM
Accused predator allegedly used Facebook to lure teen
MCSO: Man contacted teen via social media
Jason Souza
Jason Souza
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - An alleged sexual predator accused of meeting a 14-year-old victim on the social website Facebook was arrested Friday and charged with two felonies related to sex crimes involving a minor.

Mohave County Sheriff's detectives arrested Jason Manuel Souza, 26, a transient, and charged him with luring a minor for sex exploitation and furnishing obscene material to a minor.

The investigation began May 15 when a Kingman woman reported her suspicions that a sex offender might have targeted her daughter. The victim reportedly told Sheriff's detectives she first met Souza on Facebook and that they met in person on May 8.

Souza reportedly sent her nude photos of himself and "attempted to coax the victim to send naked pictures of herself," according to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Trish Carter.

When contacted Friday, Souza was already in the custody of the Mohave County jail on felony forgery charges and a fugitive from justice warrant issued out of Redding, Calif. Information on those warrants was not immediately available.

Souza reportedly denied knowing the victim and told detectives he has "been faithful to his current girlfriend of one year."

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