A 23-year-old Miami man has been busted for allegedly kidnapping and raping a 10-year-old girl in Polk County.
Jonathan Diaz Fundora was arrested at a Lakeland motel on Tuesday evening after police say he met the 10-year-old female victim online, groomed her, then planned the meetup in her neighborhood.
The girl left a note for her parents which said she was at a friend's house.
The parents immediately reported the girl missing, and within a half-hour, authorities were able to find the suspect and his car at the motel, and the little girl hiding in a bathroom.
Diaz Fundora now faces charges of:
- Sexual Battery by a suspect over 18 on a victim under 12
- Traveling to meet a minor
- 5 counts of Possession of Child Pornography
- 3 counts of Directing the Sexual Performance of a Child
- 2 counts of Use of a Computer to Seduce a Child
“This suspect groomed and manipulated a little girl online and then traveled all the way to Polk County to sexually abuse her – he is the poster child for why it is critical that parents monitor their children’s activities online. I commend our patrol deputies for catching him in the act of sexually abusing a child, and I shudder to think of what the other horrible consequences would have been had her parent not immediately reported her missing. We will do everything in our power to ensure he spends the rest of his life behind bars,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
Diaz Fundora will make his first court appearance Thursday at 1 a.m.