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Long Beach man arrested for sexual relationship with 16-year-old girl

A Long Beach man was arrested on November 14 on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl.

Marcel Dupre Johns, 56, was arrested after Claremont officers, who pretended to be the girl, arranged a meeting at Blaisdell Park.

Police became aware of the relationship after the victim and her mother arrived to the Claremont police station on November 9 to report the crime, Sgt. Robert Ewing of the Claremont Police Department said.

The victim told police she had engaged in sexual acts with Mr. Johns after meeting him on a dating app, and initially told him she was a 19-year-old college student.

Claremont officers pretending to be the girl contacted Mr. Johns under the guise of meeting for another sexual act. At one point during the conversation, Mr. Johns was made aware the girl was underage but he “still decided to come on out,” Sgt. Ewing said.

Police were there to arrest Mr. Johns after he arrived to Blaisdell Park at 8:20 p.m. on November 14. He has been charged with one count of meeting a minor to commit a sexual offense and another count of soliciting prostitution, and has an arraignment date of December 9 at Pomona Superior Court.

Matthew Bramlett

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