Police have arrested a Springdale man they say had sex with a 13-year-old girl he met on Facebook before escaping an underage sex sting.
Roberto Batres, 29, was arrested Friday on suspicion of rape and sexual indecency with a child. He remained Friday night in the Washington County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing, according to the Washington County Detention Center.
A rape report was filed with Springdale police in October stating a local 13-year-old girl had met Batres on Facebook and that he had sex with her after the two met up. The girl told police she met Batres in front of her house and “made out” with him before he touched her private areas. She said he never penetrated her, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.
Batres later told detectives during an interview Friday that he had consensual sex with the girl in the passenger seat of his vehicle. After the sexual encounter, he drove the girl back home and never saw her again, he allegedly told police.
Springdale police had attempted to snag Batres in an underage sex sting in November, in which police pretended to be a 13-year-old girl and asked to meet up with Batres. The suspect said he could bring condoms and suggested the detectives bring some too. Police waited for Batres to show up at the designated meeting spot, the Springdale Civic Center, but the suspect never showed up, police said.
Batres later told police he remember the Facebook encounter and that he just wanted to see who wanted to meet up with him, and he was not planning on having sex, the preliminary report states.
Batres was arrested following his interview with police.