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California man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl

A Fresno, Calif., man who pleaded guilty to rape in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday now faces prosecution on a federal charge of enticement of a minor, acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. said Friday.

Loren Glen Warner, 27, was arrested Friday by federal authorities on a complaint that accuses him of having sex with a 14-year-old girl on Jan. 23 in Cattaraugus County.

According to the complaint, Loren met the 14-year-old victim in early January at her family’s church in Cattaraugus County. Shortly thereafter, the two began communicating on social media, via Facebook and Snapchat. During those communications, federal authorities said, Warner began making sexual references and statements, even though he knew the girl was 14 years old. Loren also sent sexually explicit images of himself to the girl, and also asked for and received nude photographs of her, as well.

New York State Police determined that in the early morning hours of January 23, Warner drove to the girl’s residence, where she got into Warner's car and the two had sexual intercourse, according to the complaint. The girl's legal guardian told police that she woke up early on January 23, and saw the victim walking towards the house, while Warner remained in his car at the end of the driveway. The guardian also reported that, later in the day, the girl told her that Warner had sexual intercourse with her, the complaint alleged.

On Monday, Warner pleaded guilty in Cattaraugus County Court to second-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a minor and is scheduled to be sentenced on those charges on June 12.

A conviction on the federal charge could result in a sentence of a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison, along with a $250,000 fine.

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