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Georgetown Police Charge Maine Man with Rape of Runaway Girl

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - Georgetown police say a man was charged with rape after being found in a hotel with a runaway 14-year-old girl.

According to authorities, 34-year-old James Allen of Dresden, Maine was arrested Feb. 1 at the Comfort Inn in Georgetown. Delaware State Police had requested help from Georgetown Police in finding a 14-year-old female runaway, and had been informed she might be at the hotel. Police say when they arrived they found the two in hotel room 109 along with a life-like baby doll, a car seat, diapers and other child care paraphernalia. According to Georgetown PD Allen said they wanted to see what it was like to have a baby.

Since the girl was a runaway, police questioned the juvenile, and she told them that she and Allen had met on Facebook and formed a relationship online.

Allen admitted to police that he engaged in sexual intercourse with the girl at the hotel. He has been charged with three counts of second-degree rape, two counts of fourth-degree rape and one count of sexual solicitation of a child. Police say he was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of $230,000 cash bond. Since Allen solicited the runaway from Maine, police say he may also be facing federal charges.

According to Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier, the anonymity of websites like Facebook can lead to similar dangers.

 "Facebook and other social media outlets have evolved," he explained. "Obviously people are able to go out there and create different profiles of who they may be, they may say that they're a teenager when they're actually an adult and go ahead and friend somebody who is a a juvenile."

Matt Jones, assistant principal of Sussex Central High School in Georgetown, agreed. He said parents must work with faculty and staff to monitor a child's safety.

"We encourage our students that if they're going to use Facebook, their friends should only be people that they know and and that they are literally friends with, not just people that are friends of friends of friends," he said. "Only interact with people that they know."

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