UPDATE: New Jersey man’s bond set at $100,000
MARIETTA, Ohio. (WTAP) -
A New Jersey man appeared in Marietta Municipal Court at 8 a.m. on April 26, to appear for his bond hearing on five counts of sex-related charges.
Twenty-eight-year-old Elijah Reid-Williams was set bond of $100,000 for four counts of Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor and one count of Attempted Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor.
Reid-Williams was arrested following an investigation into having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old juvenile victim out of Little Hocking, Ohio.
More information regarding the case and charges can be found in the original story below.
ORIGINAL STORY: 4/25/2021
LITTLE HOCKING, Ohio. (WTAP) -
A New Jersey man faces five counts of sex-related charges after the Washington County Sheriff’s Office says he used social media to meet a 13-year-old Washington County victim.
Twenty-eight-year-old Elijah Reid-Williams of West Orange, New Jersey, is charged with four counts of Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor and one count of Attempted Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor.
According to an affidavit of facts from the sheriff’s office, on April 24, deputies responded to a house in Little Hocking after a call about a missing 13-year-old juvenile. The juvenile’s grandfather went looking for her and saw a suspicious-looking vehicle leave the area. He was able to get the license plate of the car.
The juvenile victim said she had been sneaking out on the weekends to have sex with the suspect after meeting on an online dating site Monkey. The victim said she told Reid-Williams she was 13 years old. She says he told her he was 16 years old.
Deputies used the juvenile victim’s social media account to message Reid-Williams to convince him to return to Washington County from Dayton, Ohio, to have sex again.
Reid-Williams drove to a church in Little Hocking where Detective Alyssa Dolly and other deputies arrested him.
Reid-Williams is being held in Washington County Jail until he appears for his bond hearing on April 26.
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