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Harvard police arrest Nevada man for sexually abusing, grooming 12-year-old through Snapchat

Leonel E. Rivas-Martinez, 18, of North Las Vegas, Nevada.

A Nevada man allegedly groomed a 12-year-old girl on social media platforms Snapchat and Omegle and then traveled to McHenry County where he sexually abused the girl, police said.

The Harvard Police Department responded around 4:33 p.m. Wednesday to the Baymont Inn, 1701 South Division Street in Harvard, for a report of a disturbance in the parking lot.

Harvard Deputy Police Chief Tyson Bauman said that Leonel E. Rivas-Martinez, 18, had solicited a 12-year-old Harvard girl through the social media platforms Snapchat and Omegle.

Rivas-Martinez, of the 1800 block of McCarran Street in North Las Vegas, Nevada, traveled to Illinois and met with the 12-year-old girl at the hotel.

Bauman said that Rivas-Martinez sexually abused the girl. A 30-year-old male family member of the victim discovered what happened and confronted Rivas-Martinez at the hotel.

The family member called police, who responded and arrested Rivas-Martinez.

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He was subsequently charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, unlawful grooming, traveling to meet a minor child and one count of solicitation to meet a child.

Rivas-Martinez was transported to the McHenry County Jail where a judge ordered him held on a $50,000 bond.

Rivas-Martinez would need to post $5,000 cash in order to be released from the jail. A bond hearing is scheduled for Monday.