Fort Collins man held on suspicion of sexual assault of a child

A Fort Collins man has been arrested for sexually assaulting a child he met on social media, police said.

Abraham Carranza-Estrada, 23, is being held on suspicion of sexual assault on a child, enticement of a child, and sexual exploitation of a child, according to a police department news release.

In April, the victim came to Fort Collins to visit family and she met the suspect at that time through social media, police said.

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“He arranged to meet the victim in person on several occasions and engaged in sexual activity,” the release said.

Carranza-Estrada convinced the victim to send him sexually explicit photos, police said. The suspect was arrested last week and booked into the Larimer County Jail.

“Unfortunately, we investigate a lot of cases that start with social media,” said Sergeant Heather Moore, in the release. “Sexual predators often use grooming behaviors to earn trust, create a false sense of intimacy, then engage in damaging acts with long-term impacts.”

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