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North Richland Hills girl returns home from Mexico

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A missing 14-year-old girl from North Richland Hills who was found in Mexico is now back home.

Ruby Contreras returned back to North Texas on Friday. She admits she should not have agreed to meet a stranger from Ohio.

Last week, she was found with Stephan Cox, 26, who is a suspected child molester.

Police said Cox skipped bail in Ohio after being charged with molesting another 14-year-old girl. Cox faces charges in both Ohio and Texas.

Police said Contreras met Cox on a social networking website, but they're still trying to determine if she was traveling with him willingly the entire time.

Contreras said she did not run away and she did not know Cox was 26 years old.

She said her week long ordeal included physical abuse, threats of violence against her family, and sexual assault.

FOX4 does not typically identify anyone who is or may be a sexual assault victim. In this case, Ruby Contreras and her father asked us to let her tell her own story so other families won't suffer the same pain.

"I was scared the whole time," she said.

In her first time speaking publicly about the incident, Ruby said she was using a social media app when Stephan Cox sent her a message.

"He started off with a hi and I guess we just started from there," she said.

She agreed to meet Cox after school on April 24th. Police said he took a bus from his home in Ohio. Ruby said she did not know he was a child sex predator.

"Went on a city bus from there we went to Greyhound, he told me to act like I'm his sister," said Contreras. "I was scared from the start because I didn't want him to hurt my family."

Contreras said Stephan Cox threatened to hurt her family if she tried to leave him, or speak out.

"He cut my hair so I couldn't be identified," she said.
Contreras said they eventually got to El Paso, and then walked into Mexico.

They got a hotel in Juarez where she said at one point he was talking with another man there and holding some paperwork.

"He pulled the covers over me and told me to be quiet and I was asking why can't I open the door and let them in? Because I knew they were getting in one way or another he told me to shut up, so I shut up," she said.

Last Thursday, authorities there found the two inside a hotel room. Police arrested Cox.

Their pictures had been widely published in both countries and Ruby thinks someone recognized them and told police.

Cox is being held in El Paso awaiting extradition.

Ruby's father Alfonzo Contreras said he wishes he would have learned more about social media. He hopes other parents pay more attention to who their kids are talking too.

Ruby is sending her message to other teenagers. "Do not talk to any strangers at all, because you really never know what's going to happen. To parents, you can never be too careful you can never be too careful or protective," said Ruby.

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