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A 22-year-old man faces charges in the United States following an investigation into the sexual assault of a teenage girl in Winnipeg.

City police say they were told by a woman last month that a man from Rhode Island had contacted her 13-year-old daughter on the internet in January.

The woman said an online communication continued for several months and included subtle intimidation against the girl.

The woman alleged that the man flew to Winnipeg for four days in April, met the girl and sexually assaulted her on numerous occasions.

He returned to the U.S. but continued to attempt internet contact.

The Winnipeg Police Service child abuse unit investigated and contacted the Rhode Island State Police.

Agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, along with a state police task force on internet crimes against children, arrested a man on July 11.

Herbert Rodas faces a number of charges, including transferring obscene material to a minor and enticement of a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity.

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