GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- He was already on the sex offender registry and now a Grand Rapids man is facing new charges for allegedly having sex with a 13 year old girl. 38 year old Manuel Salto was in court on Friday to learn the charges against him and WZZM 13 is learning more about the internet's role in this case.
Manuel Salto had little to say to the judge, as she explained the charges against him. However, investigators say Salto was chatting up a storm online with a 13 year old girl from Jenison who was reported missing Thursday morning.
"Based upon some emails and some text messages we were able to obtain the identity of this 38 year-old," says Lieutenant Mark Bennett with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.
Salto, a registered sex offender, was out on probation, after a previous conviction just last year.