This story is terrifying.
A convicted killer accused of meeting a 16-year-old Sydney girl on Snapchat and enticing her to his home in the US for sex, is now behind bars in New York after being refused bail.
39 year old Sean Price has a long criminal history, including criminally negligent homicide for the death of a passenger in a car crash, and has been charged with third degree rape, and transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
US prosecutors allege the pair met on Snapchat back in October last year, and he transferred her $US1500 ($A2011) so she could buy a ticket to fly to Los Angeles.
It's alleged he flew from New York to meet her (described in court documents as "Jane Doe") and they hired a car and drove across the US.
"Defendant Sean Price acknowledged that he drove Jane Doe from California to New York, making various stops along the way," Homeland Security Investigations special agent Miguel Collazo wrote in the criminal complaint.
"Defendant acknowledged being aware of Jane Doe's age over the course of their travel from California to New York and stated that he had engaged in sexual intercourse with Jane Doe in multiple states, including in New York State."
Agents got a tip-off from Aussie authorities on May 11, that the girl, who had been reported missing by her parents was spotted in Queens, NYPD officers went to his mother's home and they were found trying to hide in the basement.
The girl is now back in Australia, while the 39 year old is facing at least ten years behind bars if convicted.