A Massachusetts man, arrested with a missing California teen in his car during a traffic stop on I-40 in Canadian County, will be extradited back to Los Angeles.
It happened on March 9. Michael Papadonis, 34, was arrested after Canadian County Sheriff’s deputies pulled his vehicle over for a minor traffic violation.
During the stop, the deputy noticed a young girl in the vehicle, and became suspicious of the story Papadonis told him about why the two were traveling together. Investigators would later discover that the girl had been reported missing out of LA.
Canadian County officials on Thursday decided to waive the charges against Papadonis once they were informed that the LA County District Attorney’s office planned to file multiple child sex charges against Papadonis for his relationship with the teen.
Investigators in Canadian County say Papadonis offered a full confession, including that he and the girl began their sexual relationship when she was only 13 years old. Papadonis also told investigators he was taking the girl across the country to live with him at his mother’s house in Pennsylvania.
“If not for the vigilance and dedication of my Criminal Interdiction Deputy who realized there was more to the situation than just a simple traffic infraction, this young girl would still be in the hands of a monster,” said Canadian County Sheriff Randal Edwards.
During the original investigation, authorities learned that although the mother filed the missing person’s report, she was aware of her daughter’s relationship with Papadonis. It is still unclear if the mother will face any charges as well.