Police: Man flew from Florida to Portland to sexually abuse 12-year-old girl he met on Instagram

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PORTLAND — A 42-year-old Florida man has been arrested on charges he flew to Portland and sexually abused a 12-year-old girl he had met on Instagram, Portland police said Monday. 

According to KPTV in Portland, investigators said the man met the girl on Instagram three weeks ago and lied about his age. After encouraging her to send him nude photos of herself and engaging in sexually explicit online chatting, police said the man flew to Portland and spent the weekend with the victim at a Motel 6 in Portland.

Detectives said the girl told her parents she was spending the weekend at a friend’s house. Once her parents learned she was not with a friend, they contacted her by cell phone. At that point, police said the man took the girl home.

KPTV said the girl’s parents had her transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital and then called police.

The man  was booked in the Multnomah County Jail on Monday on a host of charges that included first-degree sex abuse and second-degree rape.

The man is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.