Man accused of raping girl after mom finds Facebook messages | Crime
Facebook messages between a Region 8 man and a teenage girl led to his arrest on rape charges.
On Tuesday Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies arrested Gary Collins, 23, of Williford.
Sheriff Jody Dotson said the mother of a 15-year-old girl found Facebook messages between the two and questioned her daughter about the relationship.
The woman then called the child abuse hotline to report her daughter had been having sex with Collins, Dotson said.
When investigators spoke with the girl, the sheriff said she admitted she had been in a sexual relationship with Collins.
Investigators contacted Collins. He refused to speak with them, Dotson stated in an email to Your Region 8.
The information was presented to a judge and warrant was issued for Collins’ arrest.
Dotson said Collins was contacted about the warrant and he turned himself in to deputies.
Collins is currently being held in the Lawrence County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.
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