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Sailor arrested for child molestation

KINGSLAND -- A sailor at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay was arrested by Kingsland police after he allegedly took a 13-year-old girl on base and sexually molested her in his room in a barracks.

Aaron Flores, a 25-year-old petty officer 3rd class, was arrested after investigators interviewed the girl and Flores Thursday, Kingsland police said Monday in a prepared statement.

Flores is a machinist mate aboard the USS Rhode Island, Navy officials said.

The investigation began after the mother of the girl's mother alleged to Kingsland police that her daughter had been molested by a sailor on base.

The girl is not identified because she is a minor and the alleged victim of a sexual assault.

Investigators said Flores contacted the victim on the Internet and picked her up at her home in Kingsland about 2 a.m. Thursday.

Flores allegedly concealed the victim under a blanket in his vehicle to sneak her past guards at the high-security nuclear submarine base.

Investigators with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service at Kings Bay and a forensic interview specialist with the St. Marys Police Department assisted in the investigation, police said.

Flores was arrested without incident after questioning and was charged with aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and sodomy. Each charge is a felony, police said.

Flores is being held at the Camden County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.

Scott Bassett, a public affairs officer at Kings Bay, said base officials don't tolerate criminal behavior by sailors. "This allegation is extremely serious to us in the Navy," he said.

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