MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 13-year-old Milwaukee boy who went missing last week
was found Tuesday in Phoenix with a man wanted on a child sex charge,
Justin Terlecki apparently took a bus to Arizona last Wednesday, lured to
Phoenix by a 32-year-old man with whom he had corresponded over the
Internet, Phoenix police said. After the boy went missing, police tracked
an e-mail address to the man’s apartment in northwest Phoenix.
Officers were waiting when Vernon Monk and the boy drove up. Phoenix
police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill said the man was arrested for
investigation of custodial interference and failure to register in
Arizona as a sex offender.
Hill said the man also is wanted on an Oklahoma warrant for a sexual
offense against a minor. Terlecki has been placed in protective custody,
said Milwaukee police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz. The boy’s mother,
Shelley Terlecki, said she was relieved to hear from a police officer at
about 2 a.m. that her son had been found. “When he said, ‘We found your
son,’ I just immediately jumped off the couch and I just started
screaming,” she told WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee.
Her son had been communicating with adults on the Internet despite
safeguards and blocks she had put on his computer, Terlecki said. He left
the house last Wednesday after writing a note saying he was going to a
friend’s house and would be back Saturday.
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