A Lake Havasu City man is scheduled to appear for arraignment this week on charges of sexual conduct with a minor after police allegedly learned of his romantic relationship with a 15-year-old girl.
According to police, the victim’s mother believed she ran away from home last month, and searched her daughter’s Facebook page for clues as to where she could have gone. The victim’s mother soon found a series of text messages between her daughter and 20-year-old Nathaniel J. Estrada, detailing the more intimate aspects of their relationship.
Estrada was a former roommate of the victim and her mother, who had moved out in early July. After his departure, the victim and Estrada exchanged messages through Facebook, allegedly saying they loved each other, missed each other, and couldn’t wait to see each other again. They also shared statements indicative of a sexual relationship, police say, and each feared discovery.
“All we are doing is hugging in the picture,” the report quoted the victim during one discussion. “So that isn’t enough evidence to say we are dating. I don’t want you to just leave me … I want to move in with you and have our own little life.”
The report also quoted messages allegedly sent by Estrada as his fear of discovery allegedly became greater. “We can’t do this anymore. Now I’m getting threats. The town is calling me a pedophile. I can guarantee the cops will be looking for me tomorrow.”
After speaking with the mother, officers interviewed the victim, who allegedly admitted to the relationship. She allegedly told police she and Estrada had intercourse as many as five times before Estrada’s arrest.
Police located Estrada at a McCulloch Boulevard address and arrested him in early July, and he allegedly agreed to speak with detectives in the case.
According to the report, Estrada initially denied a sexual relationship between himself and the victim. When confronted with the history of messages between himself and the victim, Estrada allegedly told officers his Facebook account had been hacked, and that he had been “set up.”
After further questioning, Police say Estrada admitted to having a sexual relationship with the victim, but later retracted that statement, the report said.
As of Monday, Estrada remained free from custody on $10,000 bond.