Man accused of assaulting girl he met on Facebook

Posted: Friday, December 24, 2010

RENO, Nev. - An Alaska man has been accused of traveling to Reno with two Southern California girls he met on Facebook and sexually assaulting one of them.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported Thursday that 18-year-old Blake Holmes of Anchorage was arrested after traveling to Reno with the 12- and 13-year-old girls on Tuesday.

Police say the girls, who are friends, began communicating with Holmes on Facebook and then began texting him. Holmes was staying with a relative in Ridgecrest, Calif., when he communicated with them.

Investigators say Holmes picked up the girls Monday and was arrested after driving them to Reno. The girls now are safe and await their parents to pick them up.

Police say the case shows the need for parents to closely monitor their children's online activities.

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