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Honey trap: The parents of a 15-year-old girl caught Carlos Narvaez, 21, having sex with the teen after sneaking into the family home in Houston, where he was subsequently detained
A mother checking up on her daughter before bedtime was shocked to discover a man having sex with the 15-year-old after sneaking into their Houston home, but rather than panic, the woman took matters into her own hands.
After catching the intruder in the girl’s bedroom, the mother and the girl’s stepfather detained the man until police arrived and hauled him away in handcuffs.
The suspect, 21-year-old Carlos Narvaez, of Houston, Texas, has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting the 15-year-old girl whom he met on a gaming site.
According to the girl's parents, Narvaez was caught 'in the act' when the teen's mother walked into her room for a late-night check-up.
The woman alerted her husband, the girl's stepfather, who rushed to her aid and put the suspected child molester in a headlock until police arrived.
Narvaez, a Mexican national, was booked into the Harris County Jail on a charge of sexual assault of a child. He is being held on $35,000 bail.
The victim’s parents said they discovered that their daughter met Narvaez on a mobile gaming site called MocoSpace, and the two had been communicating for about two weeks before meeting in person in the girl's room for a tryst.
Meeting place: The parents of the girl discovered that she and Narvaez first met on the gaming site MocoSpace and had been talking to each other for two weeks
According to the parents, they were under the impression that the 15-year-old was watching movies on her laptop and had no idea that she was talking to men online.
In the aftermath of the incident, the girl has lost her Internet privileges indefinitely.
Forbidden love: Raymundo Aranda-Parra had known the unidentified girl for months and met her at least twice before this Sunday's incident when her parents reported her missing
This is not the first time that MocoSpace, a leading online gaming network with 22million users, has been in the news in connection to sexual crimes.
In one case, a 20-year-old woman met a man in the parking lot of a Detroit bar after talking to him on MocoSpace. She got into his van, and he allegedly drove her to a secluded location and sexually assaulted her.
In another incident that happened in Detroit in early April, a 23-year-old woman was raped by a man she met on the gaming site while being threatened with a weapon.
A similar crime took place in December when an armed suspect assaulted a 32-year-old woman in a vacant building. The victim told police the two had been communicating on MocoSpace.
In a case similar to Narvaez's, Raymundo Aranda-Parra, 33, of Suffolk, Virginal, was charged with having consensual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl he met on MocoSpace last August, according to the Suffolk News Herald.