By JOSH NEWTON
A 20-year-old Tahlequah man was behind bars at the Cherokee County Detention Center Monday night, accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl and keeping the teenager away from her family.
The investigation began when a photo of the alleged victim and suspect was turned over to a sheriff’s deputy. That photo was posted on Facebook by the alleged victim, and appeared to show Jorgensen and the teenage girl intimately kissing, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Authorities then began to check into the relationship, and ultimately arrested Davin V. Jorgensen for second-degree rape, abduction of a person under age 15, lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of paraphernalia, and bringing contraband into a jail.
Jorgensen allegedly admitted to Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Jarrick Snyder that he and the 14-year-old girl have been dating since the beginning of 2013, about the same time he learned the girl’s age.
After Jorgensen was located Monday evening, he was arrested on a warrant.
Snyder said Jorgensen and the teen have both admitted to having sex together, and claim it was a consensual relationship. According to Snyder, the victim’s mother claims Jorgensen has taken the girl without permission several times, and has helped the girl run away.
The girl’s mom told Snyder her daughter has been living with Jorgensen and dropped out of school. Jorgensen and the 14-year-old had visited with the girl’s mom recently and told her they were homeless, and they needed $5.
The two later left the woman’s house when the teen became upset over a cell phone.
After his arrest Monday evening, officers found Jorgensen to be in possession of a red pipe containing a burnt residue, tinfoil with burnt residue, and other drug-related items, according to Snyder.
Authorities are still investigating the case, Snyder said. Formal charges have not been filed against Jorgensen.