James Booker

Little girl accepts ride home from school during thunderstorm. She was raped by stranger [Police]

A Maryland man is behind after police say he sexually assaulted a little girl who he offered a ride to during a thunderstorm.

Washington Post reports that 59-year-old James Booker spotted a 12-year-old girl walking home from school during a thunderstorm on May 23, and according to police, offered her a ride. Authorities said Booker had never met the girl before.

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The suspect drove the girl to her home in Wheaton, but didn’t let her out immediately. While still inside his car, he allegedly raped her. The girl got out of the car afterward and ran into her home. She told her parents what happened. They contacted police.

Police found Booker at his job in Wheaton on Tuesday and arrested him. He’s been charged with second-degree rape and a third-degree sex offense, according to court records.

The suspect remains behind bars. His next court hearing is scheduled for June 21. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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[Feature Photo: James Booker/Montgomery County Police Department]