An alleged paedophile with HIV has been arrested after allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl he met on Snapchat.

Anthony Alvin Hodges, 35, is thought to have used the app to pinpoint the girl's address and persuaded her to run away with him, police said.

Investigators fear he could have several more victims.

Hodges, from Pontiac in Michigan, claimed he was 19 when he preyed on his victim, it is claimed.

He was on parole after being convicted of attempting to infect a sexual partner with HIV in 2016.

Police were called when the girl's anxious parents reported her missing on August 19.

Hodges was on parole after being convicted of trying to infect someone with HIV

They said they feared she had been communicating with a man she'd met on Snapchat.

Allen Park Police detective James Thorburn told Fox 2 Detroit: "It's our belief and our understanding at this point that he found her due to the location sharing ability of Snapchat - that's how he was able to pinpoint her home."

He continued: "We very well believe that there are other victims out there.

"He's had other allegations against him in the past and I would find it hard to believe there aren't other victims out there."

The 12-year-old girl told police Hodges persuaded her to run away with him

The girl was located six hours later, and told police that she was with her boyfriend, who she was having a sexual relationship with.

Hodges could face life imprisonment if convicted.

He has been charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13, two counts of knowingly engaging in intercourse with the intent of inflicting an uninformed partner and one count of being a habitual offender.

According to The Detroit News, police believe Hodges used the location feature on Snapchat to pinpoint where the girl lived.

She said he told her he was 19, but she suspected he was in his 40s.

She said their relationship had been going on for several weeks when he persuaded her to run away with him.

He is being detained without bond at  Oakland County Jail.