KENT COUNTY, Mich (February 13, 2014) – A convicted sex offender that met a 13-year-old girl online through an app called ‘Kik’, leading to a sexual relationship between the pair, will serve between 9 1/2 and 22 years in prison.
Manual Blas Salto was sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct as a repeat offender in the case.
Investigators say the crimes involving the 13-year-old Salto fostered a sexual relationship with occurred between November 1st and December 5th at his apartment in the 100 block of National Avenue in Grand Rapids.
The teen from Jenison was reported as a runaway, leading detectives to Salto’s home after searching messages on her phone.
Salto admitted to a sexual relationship with the teen, admitted to having sex with her as many as six times.
Shortly after the arrest, investigators had also stated that the teenager may be pregnant with his child.
Court documents reveal Salto was convicted of criminal sexual conduct charges involving a 10-year-old girl when he lived on Chicago Drive SW in Wyoming prior to this investigation and conviction.