Fountain Co. man accused of having sex with teen he met on Facebook

Prosecutors say Erik Epperson met the 14-year-old girl on Facebook. He told police he fell in love with the girl and flew all the way from Veedersburg to San Diego to be with her.

Veedersburg, Ind.

A 22-year-old Fountain County man is under arrest, after police say he traveled cross-country to have sex with a teenage girl.  

Prosecutors say Erik Epperson met the 14-year-old girl on Facebook.  He told police he fell in love with the girl and flew all the way from Veedersburg to San Diego to be with her.  

Epperson traveled to California in January and had sex with the teenager, according to prosecutors.  He also reportedly sent nude photos of himself to the girl through his cell phone.

The victim’s mother found out about the relationship and called authorities.  

“Even though Mr. Epperson was quite well aware that the individual with whom he was conversing was only 14-years-old, he continued to befriend her,” said US District Attorney Joe Hogsett.

If convicted, Epperson faces up to 30 years in prison.

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