Man accused of sexual misconduct with 14-year-old

Bartholomew County sheriff’s detectives have arrested an Edinburgh man on two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Gonzalo Ocampo-Velazquez, 22, was taken into custody Tuesday in the 100 block of West Main Cross Street in Edinburgh.

He is being held at the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond, according to the sheriff’s department. He is accused of making inappropriate contact with a 14-year-old girl on multiple occasions during the past year on Facebook, investigators said in a news release.

The arrest is the culmination of a three-month investigation by sheriff’s detectives Jason Lancaster and Chad Swank.

Lancaster said the charges stem from physical contact between the suspect and the teenager, which occurred in Bartholomew County in a vehicle.

The two befriended each other on Facebook, and a somewhat mutual relationship progressed, Lancaster said.

“Although there are many positives for using social media, parents need to be aware of the social media sites their children are using, and they should educate their children about the dangers of social media as well,” Sheriff Matt Myers said.

The sheriff’s department was assisted by the Edinburgh Police Department in making the arrest.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.