Disconcert has come to the fore after Jarred Workman a 27 year old man was discovered living in the bedroom closet of a 14 year old girl he had only met 5 days earlier and having had sex with.
Since turning himself in after being on the run for two weeks, the Albemarle, North Carolina man has been charged with 11 counts of statutory rape and five counts of statutory sex offense.
Authorities tell that man had lived in the girl’s closet from April 27 until May 2 before the girl’s mother discovered him when she went to put some of her daughter’s belongings in the closet. At the time of his discovery, Workman fled the house, leaving behind his wallet and cell phone.
Told the girl’s mother: ‘I was sorta shocked more than anything. I asked him who he was and he said Jarred Workman and he was 19,’
‘I was sorta shocked more than anything. I asked him who he was and he said Jarred Workman and he was 19.’
During the course of interviews the 14 year old girl disclosed that she had initially met Jarred Workman online a month before eventually meeting in person.
Having finally arranged to meet near the girl’s home, Workman was then invited back to the girl’s parents home where he proceeded to sexually assault her.
‘Just the fact that he would be that brazen. To come up here and meet a girl online and then stay in her residence not knowing what her parents are or what they are about,’ said Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Bill Hamby.
After interviewing the girl, deputies put out a warrant for Workman’s arrest.
‘I’m uncomfortable in my own home. I’m scared. I can’t sleep at night,’ the teenager’s mother told.
Since the incident, the mother has warned other parents of the importance of monitoring their children’s online activity.
Reiterated the mother: ‘The internet has just ruined that poor girl. She was just taken advantage of.’
Investigators said Workman has a handful of prior arrests and faces charges in another sexual assault case.