Suspect involved in Amber Alert out of jail on $10,000 bond
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WALWORTH- The suspect involved in an Amber Alert is out of jail Tuesday night as he's accused of luring a 13-year old girl he met online.
21-year-old Jacob Cambridge walked out of jail Tuesday and dropped his head as he approached his parents who drove all the way from Nebraska to bail him out.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson was at the courthouse when Cambridge was released and Benson asked, "Jacob do you have any comment on what happened?"
Cambridge responded with silence to that question.
Mom, dad and Jacob left arm in arm for what undoubtedly will be a long ride home after posting $10,000 cash. The 21-year-old community college student found out in court he faces serious allegations, but he has not been charged.
Walworth County District Attorney Phillip Koss said, "This first came to law enforcement attention as an Amber Alert and kidnapping. It really is a second degree sexual assault and enticement."
Investigators found Cambridge at an Elkhorn Motel Monday night with a 13-year-old girl from Lake Geneva. She was reported missing Sunday night. The two met online and had been talking to each other via Skype.
District Attorney Koss concedes the girl went willingly, but says it doesn't matter because she's a minor. Cambridge's lawyer disputes statements his client admitted having sex with the girl.
"Those are allegations. The statement made by an accused is not something that is necessarily accurate or true unless or until a judge finds it admissible. Until then, it's not evidence," said Cambridge's attorney Chris Van Wagner.
The girl's mother said she knew nothing about her daughter's communication with Cambridge.
TODAY'S TMJ4 is not naming her, or showing her anymore because she might be a sexual assault victim.
Investigators say this case should be another reminder to parents to monitor their kids' time on computers and cell phones. Charges could come when Cambridge returns to court January 5th.