When Douglas County detectives responded to a missing-persons call last November, they had every reason to suspect the woman who dialed 911 was over 18. After all, she'd said it was her "fiance" who was missing. Instead, the "woman" on the other end of the line turned out to be a 13-year-old girl.
In America, we tend to frown on the idea of child brides.
According to court documents, Fernando Torres-Coronado was 19 years old when he first met his fiance. The two were both picking cherries in Bridgeport when he gave her his number and told her to call. Later, they both ended up at the same dance. That's where he asked her to be his girlfriend.
When the girl's parents first heard about the relationship they were upset. They said Torres was too old for their daughter. But he eventually won them over, promising that he would wait until she finished high school before taking her back to Mexico.The girl's father gave Torres his blessing and promised not to call the cops. With him she might have a good life, he said.
The father told Torres he could live with his daughter in her older sister's house. There they slept on a pull-out couch in the living room and, according to the girl, had sex nine times. With Torres using a condom only "sometimes."
On November 24, Torres awoke at 3 a.m. to leave for work. The girl says when she got home from school later that day, he wasn't there. She tried to call, but his cell phone was off. A couple of days later she received a text message from Torres urging her to join him in Tijuana, Mexico, where his father lives.
Since then, Torres' trail has gone cold. The girl thinks he skipped town because she found out he had another girlfriend--this one, unlike her, well over the legal age of consent--and because he thought she might be pregnant. (A pregnancy test later confirmed she wasn't.)
Douglas County detectives have issued a warrant for Torres' arrest. He is charged with second-degree rape.