Tereso De Jesus  Ruiz-Hernandez
Tereso De Jesus Ruiz-Hernandez

A 25-year-old Bayville man has been charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl that he met on Facebook.

Nassau County police arrested Tereso De Jesus Ruiz-Hernandez on Monday evening and charged him with second-degree rape and criminal sexual act.

Police said the suspect met the victim online last month and arranged to meet her in Glen Cove on several occasions.

Glen Cove city police said one of their officers spotted the suspect and the victim sitting together in the defendant’s vehicle in the early morning hours of Aug. 9 and told the girl’s parents.

Ruiz-Hernandez and the victim “engaged in sexual activity with the victim” in his Nissan Maxima, police said in a news release.

Special Victims Squad detectives request anyone who may know of additional victims to contact them.

Second-degree rape is defined under New York State law as someone older than 18  years old  having sex with a person less than 15 years old or someone incapable  of  consent.

Bail for Ruiz-Hernandez was set at $20,000. He faces up to seven years in prison, if convicted.

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