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Man arrested in underage sex case, met victim on Snapchat

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -

A 19-year-old Chandler man is behind bars, accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl -- and police say the pair met through on the popular photo sharing app Snapchat.

Snapchat is popular way to showcase photos. It's quick and easy to use. But while it's intended to be fun, many people share explicit photos and that's what happened here.

The victim is just 14 but the 19-year-old suspect was under the impression she was 17.

19-year-old Brett Lewis is facing very serious charges after hooking up with a girl who turned out to be 14 years old.

According to court documents, Lewis got the victim's Snapchat user name from a relative.

The photo sharing network lets users quickly share photos and videos, and according to Scottsdale police, the victim and the suspect sent sexually explicit phones to each other.

When the two eventually spoke on the phone, court documents show they spoke about having sex.

At one point, the victim's father got suspicious and took the phone away from his daughter.

To actually meet in person, the victim had to sneak out of her father's Scottsdale apartment.

According to police, Lewis put blankets and pillows into a pile, and the 14-year-old jumped from a second story balcony, hurting herself in the process.

Still, the two went back to the suspect's Chandler apartment. When police caught up with them, both admitted to engaging in sexual activity -- but Lewis denied knowing the victim was 14 years old until the detective told him.

The 19-year-old is facing 5 counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

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