A 41-year-old Newport Beach man was in custody Wednesday after being arrested in Ladera Ranch, where authorities said he was waiting to meet a girl he had been molesting for at least a month.
Samuel Brent Robertson was booked on suspicion of molesting a girl under age 13 and kidnapping, said Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino.
Police said Robertson met the girl on a social networking website before October and pretended to be 24 years old.
Amormino declined to identify the site, saying it would make the victim easy to identify.
In their first meeting in mid-October, Robertson picked up the girl from her middle school in Ladera Ranch and took her to an isolated area off Newport Beach's Back Bay hiking trails, where they had sex, officials said.
Because of her age, she is not capable of consenting to sex or traveling with Robertson, which is why he was booked on suspicion of both molestation and kidnapping, Amormino said.