Suspect met victim on internet, investigators say

A 20-year-old Taft man is facing felony child molestation charges after he was arrested by Kern County Sheriff's investigators in Taft.

Sgt. Martin Downs said Emmanual Diaz Martinez was arrested on Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. following a 6-day investigation into allegations he had molested a 12-year-old girl he had apparently met over the internet.

Martines is being held on two counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old.

Downs said the victim and suspect met through the social media.

Both are Taft residents.

Downs declined to release any further details of the case.

Martines is being held in the Kern County Sheriff's central receiving facility in Bakersfield on $75,000 bail, according to jail records.
He is due to appear in court again on Nov. 22.