BARSTOW — A 31-year-old Newberry Springs man accused of meeting an 11-year-old girl on an online dating site and having sex with her at a local motel was behind bars and expected to be arraigned in a Victorville courtroom Friday afternoon if criminally charged by prosecutors. 

Barstow police detectives arrested Jeffrey Tyler Minter on Wednesday after linking him to the crime, authorities said in a Thursday news release. 

Officials said the victim’s mother came to the Police Department on Sunday afternoon to report that her daughter was the victim of a sexual assault. Officers interviewed the victim, who reported that she had met a man on the Internet while visiting an adult dating site.

The victim told officers that she agreed to meet sometime in January. The girl reported she was picked up at her home and taken to a local motel, where she had sexual intercourse with the suspect, authorities said.

Authorities said the investigation revealed further evidence corroborating the victim’s statement. The girl was also able to positively identify Minter as the suspect from a photographic lineup, authorities said.

Minter was arrested on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and oral copulation with a child. He is being held at High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto in lieu of $250,000 bail, booking records show.

Anyone with information about this investigation can contact Detective Leo Griego at 760-255-5187 or the Barstow Police Department at 760-256-2211. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or online at www.wetip.com.