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Man accused of driving from Canada to have sex with teen

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MOORHEAD — A Winnipeg man faces criminal charges in Clay County court after prosecutors accused him of driving here from Canada to have sex with a 15-year-old West Fargo, N.D., girl who was reported by her mother as a runaway.

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Samuel Juliann Viviezca Seneres, 27, was charged Thursday with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony.

According to a police report, the girl’s mother contacted West Fargo police Feb. 28 to report her daughter missing. During the search for the girl, Facebook photos of her and a man in a hotel room in their underwear were discovered.

The girl was found two days later. She told investigators she met the man on an adult website, that she lied about her age to get on the website, but later told Seneres she was 15.  

The girl told investigators she had sexual intercourse with the man on two occasions at the Grand Inn in Moorhead.

The police report says officers eventually identified Seneres as the man in the photos, and confirmed with border agents that he had crossed into the U.S. on Feb. 21 and returned Feb. 24. Seneres told police he and the girl were just friends and denied knowing she was under 18.

A warrant has been issued for Seneres’ arrest.

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