Burbank Police Department. Photo by John Schreiber.
Burbank Police Department. Photo by John Schreiber.

A San Joaquin Valley man was arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 16-year-old Burbank girl he met via a social media application on her phone, police reported Friday.

Arnold McGovern, 33, of Hanford, was taken into custody Thursday and booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of having sex with a minor, sexual penetration of a minor and other offenses, said Burbank police Sgt. Claudio Losacco.

The sexual acts allegedly occurred in Burbank, he said.

“The juvenile reported that in February … she met an adult male via a social media application on her phone, and the two subsequently agreed to meet at (her) residence in Burbank, where they engaged in ‘consensual’ sex,” Losacco said.

“The juvenile’s mother later found text message communications on her daughter’s phone,” the sergeant said. “She conducted her own initial investigation, which included using the suspect’s phone number and California’s Megan’s Law website.”

The girl’s mother found that “the phone number her daughter used to communicate with the male belonged to a 33-year-old registered sex offender” and brought her daughter to the Burbank police station to file a report.

“McGovern is a sex registrant and on probation for a prior conviction involving lewd acts with a minor more than 10 years younger than (himself),” Losacco said.

McGovern is scheduled to appear in court next week in Kings County for extradition proceedings, and is expected to be arraigned later in Los Angeles County, Losacco said.

–City News Service

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