Inland Empire News
Loma Linda teen pimped, assaulted in Redlands motel room
REDLANDS, Calif. (KABC) -- A Yucaipa man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old Loma Linda girl in a Redlands motel room. Reginald Lamar Gatrail Lockhart, 23, was arrested in Highland.
Lockhart was held on $150,000 bail for sexual assault on a minor.
Colton resident Wilbert Andres Mancia-Mejia, 31, was arrested on June 2 for arranging for men to have sex with the girl at the motel.
Mancia-Mejia allegedly met the teen online and began a sexual relationship with her. He had identified himself online as 17-year-old "Albert Mann." He allegedly advertised for sex on Craigslist using her photos, and rented the Redlands motel room.
Mancia-Mejia waited in a car in the parking lot while Lockhart went into the room, where he restrained and sexually assaulted the girl, according to Redlands Police. The girl told Mancia-Mejia about the assault, and he took her home.
The teen reported the assault to police on June 1, and Mancia-Mejia was arrested the next day for pimping, pandering and human trafficking. He was held on $400,000 bail.
Investigation of Mancia-Mejia's activities on the social networking sites indicate he was in contact with other girls between the ages of 15 and 17. Investigators are seeking information on any other potential victims.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Natasha Crawford at (909) 798-7623 or Redlands Police Dispatch at (909) 798-7681. Anonymous tips can be provided by texting 274637 using the keyword "REDTIP."
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