Federal charges after man found with girl, 13

Joseph Arpin. (Undated courtesy photo)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A California man now faces federal charges for taking a 13-year-old Allegan County girl to Missouri last year — allegedly with the intention of having sex with her.

Joseph Arpin was indicted on three federal counts: enticement and attempted enticement of a minor, travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, and transportation with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.

Arpin was arrested in October 2013 in Crestwood, Mo., after being found with a 13-year-old girl who had been missing from Hamilton for less than a day. In its search for the girl, the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department found a letter from the girl indicating she wanted to be with Arpin.

Federal court documents filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids allege Arpin used the Internet to contact the 13-year-old and convince her to have a relationship with him. In October, Allegan County authorities said the girl had been conversing with Arpin via Skype for weeks.

Sometime between Oct. 1 and Oct. 22, Arpin traveled from California to Allegan County to have sex with the girl, the court documents say.

Then, either late Oct. 21 or early Oct. 22, the girl apparently climbed out of her bedroom window and left with Arpin, authorities said at the time.

Arpin allegedly drove with her to Missouri with “the purpose of engaging and attempting to engage in” sex with her, the court documents say.

The court documents also ordered that Arpin forfeit his computer, and iPad and a cellphone in connection to the case.

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