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Truck driver arrested in Michigan for allegedly luring Oro Valley teen with sexual relationship

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Gerard Dickinson
Oro Valley Police Department
Gerard Dickinson

TUCSON - A 14-year-old was returned home safe Feb. 6 after she ran away from home in connection to an Oro Valley Police Department sexual exploitation case.

According to OVPD, 44-year-old Gerard Dickinson was taken into custody by Michigan State Police Feb. 8 after OVPD received a report that a 14-year-old girl ran away from home Feb. 5. After further investigation, OVPD reportedly determined that the teen ran away from home to Michigan to meet Dickinson, who is a long haul truck driver.

OVPD said its detectives found evidence that Dickinson was allegedly anticipating a sexual relationship with the 14-year-old. Police said the 44-year-old received "sexually explicit images of the victim and knew she was 14 years old."

Dickinson was charged with attempted sexual contact with a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor - accomplice, sexual exploitation of a minor - possession, sexual exploitation of a minor - possession, attempted custodial interference and luring a minor.

Authorities said Dickinson currently awaits extradition to Pima County.

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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