The Sacramento County District Attorney's office has dismissed charges against a Merced man who allegedly brought a 14-year-old teen to California without her parents' permission, thereby allowing Connecticut authorities to file charges there, authorities said today.
The Connecticut State's Attorney is expected to immediately proceed with charges of kidnapping and creating a risk-of-injury to minor against 27-year-old Nathan Salas, according to a news release from the Sacramento County District Attorney's office.
The case will proceed in Connecticut because it is where the criminal conduct originated and where the victim and the majority of witnesses live, the release states.
According to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Salas met the 14-year-old victim online and cultivated a relationship. He then flew to Connecticut to get her, and flew back to California with her and without the knowledge of her parents, who reported her missing, the Sheriff's Department said.
Salas was arrested last month when he and the girl arrived at Sacramento International Airport. He remains in custody in Sacramento County until he is extradited, according to Main Jail booking records.
Salas faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the expected charges, according to the DA's press release.
The victim has since returned home to Connecticut.