Man accused of kidnapping girl in Texas, sexually assaulting her in Georgia
Andres Castaneda-Guzman, who is in the United States illegally, was indicted Nov. 14, U.S. Attorney Byung ‘BJay’ Pak said Monday in a statement.
Castaneda-Guzman, 24, was living about 35 miles east of Dallas in Terrell, Texas, when he persuaded the girl to get in his vehicle on Sept. 3, Pak said.
He allegedly drove the girl to a hotel in Stockbridge and forced her to have sex with him on Sept. 3.
The girl was recovered after Castaneda-Guzman’s former in-laws in Jonesboro notified him Clayton County law enforcement officers were looking for the girl, authorities said. Castaneda-Guzman lived in Jonesboro until August when he moved to Texas, Pak said.
“We are fully engaged in combating child exploitation and will prosecute anyone who believes they can pursues this vile practice,” Pak said in the statement.
The Department of Homeland Security and Homeland Security Investigations are investigating the case, said Special Agent in Charge Gregory Wiest of Homeland Security Atlanta.
“Child exploitation in any form is dreadful,” Wiest said. “But kidnapping a child for sexual purposes is an atrocity of the worst kind.”