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Posted: October 27, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Man charged with statutory rape

A deputy on patrol during the wee hours of Sunday morning noticed a silver SUV parked on the shoulder of the road and decided to investigate.

Though the vehicle's windows were heavily fogged, according to reports, the deputy was able to see two people moving around in the backseat when he turned his spotlight on the SUV's windows.

The deputy ran the license plate of the vehicle and as he was approaching the SUV a man, later identified as 18-year-old Aaron Gadson opened a rear door. The deputy looked inside the vehicle and reportedly saw a female in the luggage area who appeared to be putting on her clothing.

Gadson was asked what he was doing and he reportedly replied, "Nuthin." The female was asked for identification and she reportedly told the deputy she did not have any ID, but when asked for her date of birth she gave the deputy a date that would have made her 16-years-old - the legal age of consent in the state.

When asked why she was out so late and if her parents knew where she was she allegedly told the deputy she was staying with her aunt and her parents were in Virginia. She was instructed to contact her aunt and have her come and retrieve her.

During the course of the investigation, it was found the juvenile female was not 16, but was only 13-years-old. At that time, Gadson was arrested and transported to the Newton County Detention Center where he was charged with statutory rape, aggravated child molestation and driving in violation of a limited permit.


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