LENEXA, Kan. - A 46-year-old Michigan man is charged with sexual exploitation of a child after his online relationship with a teenage girl turned into an encounter at a Lenexa motel.
Richard Jesse Smith was charged Monday.
The 16-year-old's parents reported she had run away on June 8, according to the Lenexa Police Department. Detectives discovered she was in an online relationship with Smith, and found the pair at a Lenexa motel.
Police say Smith drove from his home in Michigan to meet the girl.
His bond is set at $25,000.
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