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NC man charged with statutory rape involving 12-year-old girl he met on Facebook

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Darren Howery Jr.

GOLDSBORO, N.C. – A 23-year-old North Carolina man has been charged with statutory rape involving a 12-year-old girl officials said he met on Facebook.

WNCT-TV reported that Darren Howery Jr. faces charges of statutory rape of a child, statutory sex offense of a child and solicitation of a minor by computer to commit an unlawful sex act.

Police in Goldsboro said the incident happened earlier this month after the two met on Facebook. Officials said they had no prior involvement before meeting online.

The suspect was arrested Thursday and placed in the Wayne County Detention Center under a $600,000 secured bond.

Facebook requires users to be at least 13 years old.