MULBERRY, Fla. - A Mulberry man is facing 50 counts of Lewd Battery on a 15-year-old girl he reportedly met on Facebook. Deputies say Pablo Garcia-Sanchez drove to North Carolina and brought her back to Polk County where she became pregnant.
According to a sheriff's statement, Sanchez, 24, met the girl on the social networking site about three months ago. When the girl's mother became aware of what was going on, she warned him to stay away.
Instead, Sanchez drove to North Carolina. "I don't care what your mom says, I love you," he allegedly told the minor.
Investigators say Sanchez brought the girl back to Mulberry where they had a sexual relationship. North Carolina authorities contacted the Polk Sheriff's Office and detectives went to Sanchez's home, where they found the girl on Tuesday.
They subsequently learned she was pregnant as a result of the relationship.
In addition to the battery charges, Sanchez is accused of one count of Interference with Child Custody, and one count of Sheltering an Unmarried Minor.
The girl was taken to the Polk Juvenile Assessment Center.
Additional charges are pending, according to the sheriff's office.
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