Authorities in Indiana say a 21-year-old man is behind bars after his arrest on suspicion of raping a young girl he met online earlier this year.
According to the New York Post, Greendale resident Travis McAdams was arrested on December 14 and is expected to face criminal charges including felony rape and child molestation.
The charges stem from an allegation from an 11-year-old girl’s mother, who told police that McAdams met the girl on the Tinder dating app about a year ago.
The suspect is accused of sexually assaulting the girl in March after the 11-year-old lied about her age.
Dearborn County Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Deddens said authorities believe the girl “had portrayed herself as a 16-year-old” in initial communications, which then continued on SnapChat.
As of the latest reports available, he remained behind bars at the Dearborn County Jail with cash bond set at $200,000.
During an initial meeting at an area cinema, McAdams allegedly raped her.
In subsequent meetings, investigators believe McAdams knew the girl’s actual age. A number of other individuals have since reported similar allegations against him.
Detective Sgt. Kendle Davis said the girl claimed she continued to meet the suspect “because she was afraid of what he might do to her.”
He encouraged other parents to keep an eye on their kids’ social media habits, including checking their phones for hidden apps.
“If you look on a child’s app and it shows a clock, it’s actually a hidden file where kids can hide SnapChat accounts or Tinder accounts and other similar accounts, so their parents might not even be aware they have it,” he said.
[Featured image: Travis McAdams, Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department]