After meeting the 12-year-old Sunnyvale girl on an undisclosed dating website and exchanging cell phone numbers, Muilenburg allegedly picked up the girl at a park in Sunnyvale and took her to his home, where he committed non-consensual "sexual acts" with her, according to a statement by the Mountain View police.
The case was initially handled by the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, which received a missing person report for the girl at 2 a.m. on Monday. Officers found the text messages that reportedly linked the girl to Muilenburg, tipping off Mountain View police to intercept him as he returned home after dropping her off in Sunnyvale.
Muilenburg was arrested on suspicion of committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child and rape of a child under the age of 14. He was booked into Santa Clara County's Elmwood Correctional Facility.
Police believe the victim left home and met with Muilenburg about an hour before she was reported missing, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson. It's still unclear how long she had been communicating with the suspect via text messages and the dating website.
Details on the incident are being withheld pending an investigation and a full police report, Nelson said.
Police believe that there could be more victims who were contacted by Muilenburg, and are asking anyone with information to contact Det. Temo Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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