Man charged in Marshall teen’s disappearance

A mug shot of Victor Alfonso Martinez, 29. (Source: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office)

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (WOOD) – The man accused of taking a Marshall teenager across the country and sexually assaulting her has been charged in Georgia.

Victor Alfonso Martinez made his first appearance in a Gwinnett County, Ga. court Wednesday morning, where he was charged with aggravated child molestation and interference with custody.

Police found the 29-year-old man with the 14-year-old girl just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at a hotel in Gwinnett County – three days after the teen went missing from her father’s home in Marshall.

Authorities said during a news conference early Tuesday evening the teen “appeared to be okay” when she was found.

Investigators said they think the teen met Martinez online and communicated with him on Skype and social media for about a month before Martinez drove to Michigan from Georgia to pick her up on Saturday.

The teen kept the relationship with Martinez secret – only divulging it to one friend, authorities said.

Martinez is expected to face charges in Michigan as well, but as of Wednesday afternoon, the Calhoun County Prosecutor’s Office said it had not yet received the case.

The teen is expected to return to Michigan sometime this week.

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