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May 9, 2014 4:23 AM

Facebook Helped Solve Kidnappings, Former Marine Charged

CALIFORNIA - Police say a former Marine from California used Facebook to lure two teenage girls to a Nevada hotel.

But investigators say they turned the tables -- and used social media to find him and bring the girls to safety.

A former Marine facing a long list of charges - from kidnapping to sexual assault.

Nicholas Wessel is sitting in a jail in Nevada. He`s 37.

His alleged victims - just 14 and 15 years old.

The girls from Modesto went missing on Sunday.

Police said, "they connected with each other over Facebook and that's how they began the relationship"

Police found all three Tuesday night in a hotel in Sparks, that`s about 200 miles away from home.

The girls were shaken. Investigators say Wessel raped the 14 year old.

The social media site that connected the girls to the man, also led police to their rescue.

Police said, "Facebook assisted us and gave us their last IP address where they logged in from and it came back to the Nugget in Sparks Nevada"

Detectives believe Wessel convinced the teens to travel with him over the weekend.

They say they think the suspect may have lied about his identity and age.

Wessel is now jailed in Nevada on felony charges

The former Marine was once based at California's Camp Pendleton.

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