SPRING HILL, Fla. (WFLA) – A 22-year-old man was arrested Saturday night after deputies said he raped a 10-year-old girl he met on Snapchat.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office said Austin Altman drove to Hernando County to pick up the 10-year-old girl at her house without her parents knowing. Hernando deputies said a family member saw the child go to the bathroom around 3 a.m., but when they woke up at 6:40 a.m., they were unable to find her.
Pasco deputies said Altman took the girl back to his house in Spring Hill.
Upon speaking to friends of the child, deputies learned the girl was seen Friday talking to a man in a red truck. The girl reportedly told friends she planned on running away with him.
Hernando deputies tracked clues that led them to Altman’s house on Tiger Trail Road in Pasco County. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office alerted the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and deputies responded to Altman’s residence.
The sheriff’s office said Altman initially denied knowing the missing girl, but deputies eventually made their way into his home and found her in his bedroom.
According to Altman’s arrest report, the 10-year-old told detectives Altman forced her to have sexual intercourse with him, holding her down by her throat and ignoring her demands to stop.
In an interview with police, the arrest report states Altman admitted to meeting the girl over Snapchat, picking her up, and having sex with her.
Altman was transported to the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center.
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