A 23-year-old man has been arrested after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.
Jared Richardson was taken into custody by Sacramento police detectives Friday at his place of employment in Roseville, according to a Police Department news release.
Sacramento police in September began an investigation of an alleged sexual assault of a 14-year-old. It is believed that the victim was introduced to Richardson by a mutual friend through social media, police said. The two reportedly engaged in conversation for a week before the alleged assault occurred.
Police said the investigation revealed that Richardson knew the girl was 14 years old and proceeded to pick her up at a nearby gas station. Richardson then allegedly took her to his apartment, where she was sexually assaulted.
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On Wednesday, Sacramento police detectives, in conjunction with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, obtained a warrant for Richardson’s arrest.
Following his arrest Friday, Richardson was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on charges including sexual intercourse with a minor younger than 16.
Police said there may be additional victims in the case. They urge people who believe they were a victim or who may have witnessed any crime connected with Richardson to call the Police Department’s Communications Center at 916-264-5471, or Crime Alert at 916-443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.