RUSSELLVILLE — A teenager is in jail after police said he sexually abused a girl he met on the Internet.
Druey “Drew” Doyle Gandy, 18, 180 Aycock Loop, Russellville, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse, Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett said Monday.
Gandy was arrested Sunday night after police received reports that the abuse happened at the girl’s residence in the afternoon, police said. Reports indicated the girl is 16 years old.
“Apparently, Gandy and the victim got to know each other through conversations they had been having over the Internet,” Russellville police detective Lt. Scotty Lowery said. “They decided to meet Sunday.” Reports indicate the two met and went riding Sunday afternoon and ended up at the girl’s residence.
Police said the girl’s parents were not at home when they arrived. Lowery said the girl reported they went up to her bedroom to watch movies and Gandy tried to force her to have sex.
“She tried to stop him and ended up fighting him off,” Lowery said. “He ran out of the house.”
Gandy reportedly met the girl’s mother as he was leaving and made an excuse to explain why he was leaving in hurry.
“The mom found the girl and called police,” Lowery said.
Police said Gandy was taken into custody Sunday, questioned and later charged. Gandy is being held in the Russellville City Jail without bail at this time.
First-degree sexual abuse is a Class C felony and is punishable by 1-10 years in prison, if convicted.
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