A 21-year-old man who recently jetted from England was arrested Thursday at a Redlands motel and accused of committing lewd acts with a 13-year-old Highland girl he met online, Redlands police said Friday.
"He was in England and she was here when he met her in an internet chatroom," Redlands police Detective Andy Capps said in a phone interview. "The relationship was discovered by the victim's parents."
Adam James Michael Robinson was arrested at 6 p.m. Thursday Dec. 27 at the Good Nite Inn, 1675 Industrial Park Ave., according to inmate records.
Robinson and the girl had communicated online over the past year before he allegedly flew to California on Dec. 15 and came to Redlands, according to Capps.
"Authorities learned of the relationship when the victim's parents brought the victim to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Highland Station to report the lewd acts," Capps said in a statement.
Sheriff's detectives in Highland notified Redlands police the suspect was staying in a room at the Good Nite Inn, where the lewd acts were alleged to have occurred.
Redlands police identified the suspect, obtained a search warrant for his room and vehicle, and arrested Robinson when he left his room Thursday evening, Capps said.
"Evidence was recovered from the suspect's motel room and vehicle, linking him to the victim," Capps said.
Robinson was booked on suspicion of committing lewd acts with a minor at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.
Robinson's bail was set at $1 million and Immigration and Naturalization Service officials have placed a hold on him, Capps said. Investigators from the Department of Homeland Security assisted Redlands police and the Sheriff's Department.
"We are interested if there are any other minors in the area that may have been conacted by him on the internet," Capps said. "We have no reason to believe that there are other vicitms, but there may be. The guy came a long way for this."
Robinson is from Fleetwood and Hampshire in England, Capps said. Fleetwood is a small town in northwest Lancashire, and Hampshire is a county on the southern coast of England.
Redlands is in southwest San Bernardino County about 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
Anyone with more information about this case or about other possible victims was urged to call Capps at (909) 798-7642 or Redlands police dispatch at (909) 798-7681.