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02/14/07 - Houston, Texas

Houston Man Accused Of Meeting Teen In Chat Room

A man is accused of using a chat room to meet a 16-year-old girl and then having sex with her. Investigators say she may have met him while online at school.

It all began with 17 unexcused absences. When officials contacted the girl's parents, they told them that they would face charges if the teen didn't come to school. That's when authorities say the parents notified them about their missing girl.

Iran Perez-Bello, who claims he's 20 years old, met the 16-year-old girl on the Internet. Authorities with the Precinct 6 Constable's office say the girl encountered the man while using a school computer at HISD's Austin High School.

Perez-Bello, authorities say, took the girl to his apartment in Montgomery County, where they allegedly engaged in sexual activity. Perez-Bello has been charged with felony sexual assault of a child.

HISD confirms that the girl is from Austin High School, but say they do not have evidence that the girl used a school computer to chat with Perez-Bello.

"They started text messaging each other," said Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino. "Then this individual actually met her family and the family would allow them to see each other at their home. He lied about his age."

"They started banning most of them, so it's pretty hard to get into chat rooms like that now," said student Bianca Perez.<

"I think I heard her say between the students that they try to figure out how to get into different web sites," said Bianca's father, Dale Perez.

Perez-Bello remains in custody in Montgomery County. Federal authorities have a hold on him because he's considered an illegal immigrant.

As for HISD and their computer policy, they tell us students and their parents sign a code of conduct that outlines what's considered appropriate and inappropriate use of a computer.

HISD also says the school can contact the district with reports of students getting to sites that should be blocked.

As for the web site the student was on, authorities say it was a television station web site for Univision.

Story courtesy of KTRK - Houston.

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