HAMMOND — Authorities arrested a 40-year-old man Friday on allegations he sexually abused a 12-year-old girl in Wisconsin, Indiana State Police said.
Adrian Gardiner, of Hammond, was taken into custody at a Hammond gas station on a warrant for four felony counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child, four counts of child enticement and sexual exploitation of a child.
Gardiner must face extradition proceedings in Lake Criminal Court before he is taken to Wisconsin to face the charges. No local charges were filed against Gardiner, police said.
Gardiner is accused of using the online app OMEGLE to communicate with the girl several times in July, police said.
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He met the girl at various hotels and parks in Wisconsin and engaged in sexual activities, police said.
Indiana State Police, Homeland Security and Hammond police helped locate Gardiner after they were contacted by the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Justice.