A 42-year-old Florida man is accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl he met through the social media site Instagram.

Police believe Sergio Zambrano met the girl on Instagram three weeks ago and lied about his age and convinced her to send him nude photos of herself and engage in sexually-explicit chats with him.

Zambrano flew to Portland and spent the weekend with the girl, who told her parents she was spending the weekend at a friend’s house, according to Portland police.

When the girl’s parents learned their daughter wasn’t at the friend’s house, they reached her on her cell phone and Zambrano took her home, police said. The victim’s parents had their daughter taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment and called the police.

Patrol officers, working with detectives from the bureau’s Child Abuse Team, located and arrested Zambrano at a room he rented at Motel 6, at 3104 S.E. Powell Blvd.

He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 4 a.m. Monday, accused of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree sodomy, four counts of first-degree sex abuse, two counts of unlawful sexual penetration, two counts of encouraging child sex abuse, using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and luring a minor.

Zambrano is scheduled to be arraigned in court Tuesday afternoon.

The Portland Police Bureau encourages parents to talk to their children about appropriate activity on social media and the dangers that exist in the virtual world.

Families wanting to learn more information on how to prevent child sexual exploitation are encouraged to visit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, https://www.missingkids.org

— Maxine Bernstein

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