published Friday, April 12th, 2013

Man charged with raping 14-year-old in DeKalb

A Birmingham, Ala., man has been charged with raping a 14-year-old girl he met on the Internet, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Sheriff Jimmy Harris said Henagar, Ala., police found John Alexander Ballard, 26, in a car with the girl on March 29.

Harris said Ballard communicated with the girl on the Internet and by text and arranged to meet her in DeKalb County.

Ballard was arrested April 4 in Birmingham and brought to DeKalb County on charges of second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy, interference with custody and enticing a child to enter a vehicle for immoral purposes. His bond totals $55,000 on these charges.

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