Teen Arrested For Sex With Minor He Met Online

Leo Timon Simetzberger was arrested in US for sex with minor he met online. Foto: Central European News
Leo Timon Simetzberger was arrested in US for sex with minor he met online.
Foto: Central European News
5. August 2018 - 6:12

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An Austrian teen has been arrested in America after having sex with an
underage girl he met on an online gaming application.

Leo Timon Simetzberger from Mitterkirchen im Machland in the Austrian state of Upper Austria has been arrested in Sarasota in the US state of Florida for having sex with a 15-year-old girl, identified only as Amanda S., who he had met on the gaming chat app Discord. Simetzberger, 18, and Amanda told investigators they met online in September last year and began an online relationship.

Amanda, who is from Venice in Florida, said the two decided Simetzberger would travel to the US so they could be together and the pair could have sex. Simetzberger reportedly travelled to the US on 17th July to meet Amanda and the couple allegedly rented out an Airbnb apartment to use as their love nest.

Amanda's mother reported her as missing

But according to US media, Amanda's mother reported her as missing because she suspected her of intending to meet a 'man' she had been chatting with online. US police located Simetzberger and Amanda, and arrested the Austrian the same day, and he has been in custody since then.

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's office, Simetzberger has been charged with "lewd or lascivious behaviour" and bail has been set at 200,000 USD (153,240 GBP).

No awareness his actions were illegal

Simetzberger claimed he was not aware his actions were illegal in the US. Authorities said he might receive additional charges because they seized photos and videos sent on the chat app. He is set to see a committing magistrate on 4th September.

Austrian media reported that in Austria sex with someone under the age of 14 is forbidden.

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