Prosecutors are now saying 21-year-old Zacharias Adrian Cavasos from Washington first met this 12-year-old girl (who has not been publicly named due to her age) through social media.
Zacharias first made contact with her back in December, though it has not been made clear what social media platform he used to connect with her initially.
From there he messaged her on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. He also started texting her.
He then decided in February of this year to travel to the Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Oregon so he could meet with her in real life.
Somehow, this 12-year-old did end up meeting him at this casino in early February.
Following their meeting, Zacharias moved right into her home she shared with her grandfather on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
He secretly lived inside of her bedroom, and he removed the slats underneath her mattress so he could hide there under her bed.
When he wasn’t hiding under her bed, he hid inside of her closet.
After a little more than a week went by, on February 25th, the little girl’s grandfather saw Zacharias in her room, and he immediately demanded that Zacharias leave their house.
While Zacharias did leave that day, he only ended up coming back into their home again, without the grandfather knowing.
Court records state, “(The grandfather) watched (Zacharias) walk down the long driveway. (He) did not see (Zacharias) sneak back on the property and once again hide in (the victim’s) room.”
Zacharias snuck back in for a second time, and he proceeded to assault and sleep with the little girl while he lived in her room. The prosecution is saying there are also explicit photos of them together.
Zacharias was arrested while in the girl’s bedroom on March 11th after he was found there again. He was wearing a sweatshirt, shorts, and no shoes.
After his arrest, he did admit to abusing the little girl and living in her room. His attorney, Thomas Price, is arguing that Zacharias thought they had a romantic relationship.
He might also be emotionally immature and have an intellectual disability according to his lawyer.
US Magistrate Judge Youlee Yim You said that she was upset by the allegations against Zacharias, but ultimately agreed to let him live in a sober living facility.
“I’m troubled by the allegation that despite knowing the victim’s age and the fact that he was not to return to that residence, he went back and further allegedly engaged in the same criminal conduct,” US Magistrate Judge Youlee Yim You explained.
“When I started reading the nature of the allegations, I really was quite surprised by what I read, I have never been aware of anyone alleged to have been living in a 12-year-old’s bedroom for a month.”
He is now living in a clean-and-sober living facility and subject to a curfew and GPS monitoring while awaiting trial.
He is also not allowed to have any kind of contact with the 12-year-old girl he assaulted, he is not allowed to go to where she lived in Umatilla County, and his computer and phone use are now being monitored.
Multnomah County Sheriff; pictured above is Multnomah County Sheriff