A Michigan man found Wednesday with a 16-year-old San Luis Obispo girl in Shell Beach now faces accusations of sex crimes, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department.
Bradford Allen Mitchell, 52, of Niles, Mich., has been arrested on suspicion of sex with a minor, oral copulation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, after meeting the girl through an online chat room, police said.
Police Capt. Chris Staley said that Mitchell and the girl spent two nights in different places in the county before the Pismo Beach Police Department found them last Wednesday morning in Shell Beach.
Department officials issued media notices on Wednesday saying that the girl was missing and believed to be in danger with Mitchell.
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The nature of the online discussions — believed to have taken place over a couple of months — between Mitchell and the girl is being investigated by police through computer forensics.
Police interviewed Mitchell and the girl on Wednesday, which led to Mitchell’s arrest.
Investigators said they’re looking into other possible charges against Mitchell from the incident.
Staley said police believe the sex acts were consensual and drugs or alcohol are not believed to be a factor.
Mitchell is accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor because he allegedly convinced the girl to leave home and her parental guardianship, police said.
The Tribune is not naming the girl because she is a minor. She was in the custody of her parents Thursday.
Mitchell was booked in County Jail on Wednesday night in lieu of $50,000 bail.
He’s expected to be arraigned in San Luis Obispo Superior Court in Judge Charles Crandall’s courtroom, according to the District Attorney’s Office.