BEDFORD (WSLS 10) - Multiple agencies worked together to arrest a man who they say was in communication with a Bedford County 14-year-old.
Angelo Paderes, 26, was arrested in Georgia on Monday on charges related to an investigation by Bedford County Sheriff's Office's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Investigators with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force say Paderes was communicating with a 14-year-old in Bedford County.
Paderes and the teenager initially met through an online gaming system and continued their relationship on other digital communication platforms.
On Sunday, June 5, investigators were notified that Paderes had gone to Bedford County, to try to meet the 14-year-old.
As part of an elaborate attempt to contact the teenager, authorities say he forced a woman and her 2-year-old child he had picked up under false pretenses in North Carolina to drive to Virginia with him, where he ultimately left the woman, but kept the child.
Investigators immediately began the search for the child and Paderes and after several hours, the child was safely rescued.
Paderes is currently being held in Georgia on abduction charges and is awaiting transfer back to Virginia.
He is facing additional charges related to the communication with the teenager, in both in Virginia, and in other states.
This case was worked with law enforcement agencies in other states and with the U.S. Army, CID Unit in Fort Benning, Georgia.
The investigation is ongoing.