It’s a story with a lot of layers.
A man accused of having sex with a minor, but it seems the more you dig the more you find.
Eliezer Merino a 24-year-old man was believed to be sleeping with a 14-year-old girl.
When her parents found out they called the police.
According to police, two days after they made the call to detectives Mireno picked their daughter up in his vehicle. She was gone for four days before police tracked her down.
Investigators found Merino at his trailer on Bailey Street and they found the teenage girl’s school books, her clothing and her underwear.
Both the girl and Merino admitted to having sex on multiple occasions.
After interviewing them both, West Monroe Detectives believe it was consensual, however the act in itself is still a crime.
We spoke with the father of the girl off camera and he had a message for others thinking of committing these crimes.
“If you pull something like this you’re going to jail. Spanish people come to this country to work and live a good life not to mess with little kids,” he said.
To make matters worse, investigators found out Mireno is an undocumented immigrant,
with a criminal history in other states, that got him 2012 and again in 2013.
A neighbor recognized his face and tells us that Mireno tried to sell him cocaine.
Layers of questions still loom over this case and this man.
How long were Merino and the teenager involved before it was reported?
What other crimes has he been involved in?
Will his third strike be his last in this country?
Merino faces three counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, computer solicitation of a minor, drug possession and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
His bond is $330,750.