PD: Glendale man arrested for sex with minor after 'suspicious vehicle' call

Posted at 2:34 PM, Feb 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-13 19:42:02-05

Parents, it may be time to check who your teens are communicating with on social media.

Court records show that a man, who met a 14-year-old girl on a social media application, threatened to harm her family if she didn't meet him for sex. 

Glendale police report that on February 6 they received a call saying there was a vehicle parked and running with its lights on near 61st  Avenue and Bell Road. The caller reported to police that the car had been there about an hour.

When an officer approached the car, he noticed the windows were fogged up but he was still able to see a young teenaged girl in the backseat.

The police questioned the man in the car, 23-year-old Christian Tyler McCarthy, who initially told the officer he was 17-years-old.

The victim reportedly told police that she met McCarthy on a social media application where she communicated with him. McCarthy requested to meet the girl, who refused and told him it wasn't a good idea. However, McCarthy then allegedly threatened to harm the girl's family if she continued to refuse to meet him.

McCarthy picked her up near her home and drove her to the 61st Avenue location where he reportedly was in the process of molesting the girl when the officer arrived.

McCarthy later allegedly admitted to police that he provided a false age because he knew it was illegal for him to have sex with a minor. 

He is being held without bond and has been charged with multiple charges including false reporting, sexual conduct with a minor, and child abuse.