A 22 year-old California man is now behind bars after he confessed to having sex with a 12 year-old girl.
Sean Rickard who met the young girl on Tinder only received a 16-month jail sentence.
Rickard, of Anaheim, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor three years younger than the perpetrator, even though the victim was actually nine years his junior at the time of the incident.
During their initial interactions on the dating app, Rickard said the girl told him she was 19 years old.
As part of Rickard’s plea agreement, prosecutors dropped three counts of lewd acts with a minor younger than 14 and one count each of distributing pornography to a minor with the intent to engage in sexual conduct and luring a child with the intent to commit a specified crime.
Officers from Santa Ana Police Department responded on February 27 to a charter school where the 12-year-old student was reported to have been sexually assaulted by a man.
The victim told police she had posed as a 19-year-old woman on Tinder, where she first met Rickard last year.
A Tinder spokesperson sent a statement to DailyMail.com on Thursday, stressing that the dating app is ‘an adults only community’ for users 18 years and older.
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