A Kentucky teen who was taken from her home in December 2017 was found confined in a Saluda County bedroom and a 24-year-old man was arrested for her kidnapping.
Police in Saluda County, South Carolina, discovered the girl confined in the bedroom of 24-year-old Florencio Gomez Saiche after a tipster told authorities that the 16-year-old missing teen was being held there, WIS Channel 10 reported.
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Investigators said that the kidnapped girl had been able to contact family members through social media apps when her kidnapper was not looking or was out of the home.
Police say that they have suspicions that the teen never tried to contact police about her whereabouts because she is also an illegal alien.
When police confronted Saiche about the missing girl, he denied knowing her. But a search of his mobile home proved the lie to the claim.
“During the investigation, [officers] heard someone else in the residence,” said Saluda County Sheriff John C. Perry. “So, they did a protective sweep of the residence to find out and sure enough located the victim. He used intimidation factors, you know, because of the status of our victim.”
The sheriff’s office noted that illegals often prey on other illegals using their immigration status against them as a way to keep victims from reporting crimes to authorities.
While deputies were there, they heard a noise and found the teen confined to a bedroom. Saiche, who is also an illegal immigrant, was then arrested and charged with kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
She did not have any visible injuries, but because of the sensitive nature of the case, is still being evaluated but has been reunited with her family.
The sheriff says it’s not unusual for a perpetrator to use a victim’s illegal immigration status as a way to keep them from reporting the crime.
Saiche was jailed without bond and charged with kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
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