Man faces sex charges in case of missing teen

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SURRY COUNTY, N.C. -- A man faces multiple sex charges after a Winston-Salem teen was found safe in Pilot Mountain two days after her disappearance.

Billy Lyne Fornash, 45, was arrested by Surry County deputies Thursday morning. He faces three counts of statutory rape and three counts of statutory sex offense.

The teen had been missing since Monday, when she went to a park near Jefferson Middle School after classes let out for the day, Winston-Salem Police said. The girl was seen getting into a vehicle, which left the area, police said.

She was found safe at Fornash's home in Pilot Mountain Wednesday night, said Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson.

The teen had become aware of media reports regarding her disappearance, and she called her parents to let them know she was safe, said Capt. David Clayton with Winston-Salem Police.

Police took the girl back to her parents, while Fornash was taken in for questioning, Atkinson said.

Atkinson said Winston-Salem Police determined through their investigation that Fornash set up the meeting at the park by talking with the girl online.

Winston-Salem Police had also determined that Fornash and the girl had been texting back and forth "for some time," Atkinson said.

Winston-Salem Police developed all the information that led to Fornash's arrest, Atkinson said.

Fornash was placed in jail under a $300,000 bond. His first court appearance was scheduled for April 10.

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