Police: Sexual abuse suspect met victim on Instagram

Juan Francisco Huerta // Edinburg Police Department Photo

An Alamo teenager is facing multiple criminal charges after authorities learned he was involved in a sexual relationship with an underage girl he met on Instagram.

Edinburg police police booked 18-year-old Juan Francisco Huerta into the Hidalgo County Jail on three counts of sexual assault of a child on Wednesday.

Investigators told Action 4 News that Huerta met a 14-year-old Edinburg girl on Instagram and began having a sexual relationship with her.

An Edinburg homeowner called 911 to report a sexual assault that occurred in their home just after 11 p.m. Saturday.

An investigation by the police department's Special Investigations Unit revealed 18-year-old Huerta had sex with the underage girl at least three times inside the Edinburg home.

Police said Huerta met the girl on the social media network Instagram.

Huerta appeared before an Edinburg Municipal Court judge where he was issued $75,000 dollars in bonds.

According to Net Nanny, Instagram has become a commonplace to meet teens and set-up face-to-face meetings.

Police are asking parents to monitor their children's cell phones and social media accounts.