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Alleged Sexual Contact with a Minor

November 1, 2012

BLYTHE, Calif – On Friday, October 26 at 12 minutes after noon, Blythe Police began an investigation into a report of a 20 year old male allegedly having inappropriate contact with a minor. The mother of the victim reported her 14 year old daughter had been dating Daniel Stokes who she originally thought was 17 years old, but later found out was 20.

The investigation found that the victim and Stokes had met each other several months earlier through Facebook, and maintained a long distance “dating relationship.” Earlier this month on October 12, Stokes came, by bus from Las Cruces New Mexico, to visit the victim in Blythe.

Police were told that shortly after arriving in Blythe, Stokes had placed his hand on the exterior clothing over intimate body areas of the victim. The victim objected, and moved Stokes hand. The relationship between Stokes and the victim continued until a couple days prior to the report, when the victim and Stokes stopped seeing each other.

Officers further learned that after the relationship between the victim and Stokes ended, Stokes began calling a second 14 year old victim. However, Detectives have not found any evidence of physical contact between Stokes and the second victim.

Stokes was contacted later in the day, and taken to the Blythe Police Department. He was later booked into the Blythe Jail on charges of Sexual Battery.

The investigation in this case is on-going, and additional charges are expected.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone with information regarding this case, or any other crime, is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at 922-6111 or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273) or by E-Mail.

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