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Grand Rapids sex offender charged


GRAND RAPIDS (WKZ0) --- A 38-year-old Grand Rapids sex-offender is being held on 100-thousand dollars bond after was charged with two counts of third degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, involving a 13-year-old girl from Ottawa County.

Detectives say Manuel Salto met her in an internet chat room, groomed her and they met several times last month and had sex. Her parents were unaware she was slipping out of their home in Jenison.

The teen was reported as a runaway just before Thanksgiving.

Police checked her phone records and discovered she had made a number of calls to Salto.

That’s where they found her.

Salto was already on probation for a previous sex charge and that means he could get an extended sentence if he is convicted again.