New Jersey A 13-year-old girl who sent chilling cell phone text messages claiming she had been kidnapped and abused in a dark basement had actually cut school and met an older teen for sex, authorities said Friday.
Sebastian Osorio, 19, was charged with criminal sexual contact. Authorities said the pair's activity was consensual, but a 13-year-old cannot grant legal consent to sex in New Jersey.
Osorio was one of three young men questioned this week by Jersey City police investigating the girl's disappearance. She failed to show up for school Monday and sent her mother text messages by cell phone claiming she was being held and abused by captors.
The girl and Osorio engaged in sexual conduct that did not include intercourse, investigators said.
Osorio was charged Thursday and was being held Friday at the Bergen County Jail on $15,000 bail. He was ordered to cease contact with the girl.