MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A man identified as a volunteer firefighter is facing charges after being accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
According to a news release from the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office, Candelario Mireles Jr., 48, of Wilson was arrested for fourth-degree sexual assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor on March 21.
Sheriff's investigators began looking into the alleged incident after receiving information in February about a man going by "Candy Man" who may have impregnated a teenage girl. He was reportedly a volunteer firefighter in Luxora.
Investigators talked with the Luxora fire chief and received contact information on Mireles, who also goes by "Candy."
When confronted with the accusations, Mireles told investigators he had not had "any kind of relationship with an underage girl." He said an ex-girlfriend was possibly spreading rumors about him.
Another investigator from an outside agency contacted the juvenile who said she and Mireles did have a sexual relationship during the summer in 2016.
He reportedly gave her gifts, including an engagement ring. She also said Mireles helped her run away from her Luxora home, which the Luxora Police Department had documented.
Once she broke up with the man, she said he stalked her and tried to contact her on social media.
Mireles, according to the sheriff's office, turned himself in on March 21 on two active warrants. He was advised of his rights and agreed to speak with investigators again.
He again denied the sexual relationship and any other wrongdoing with the girl.
Mireles said he met the girl due to some of her family being on the fire department. He also said he was at the girl's home many times, but it was to "hang out" with her relatives.
According to the release, he also said he tried to mentor the juvenile because she was depressed over the death of her mother.
Mireles denied the girl was with him when she ran away and said he did not help her in any way.
Online records indicated Mireles has bonded out of the Mississippi County Jail.
According to Luxora Fire Chief Antonio White, Mireles remains a volunteer fireman.
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