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Columbus man accused of using text messages to meet 14-year-old runaway for sex

A 19-year-old man is accused of using text messages to get a 14-year-old girl to leave her home and meet him for sex, a police detective testified Wednesday in Columbus Recorder's Court. Jhaytronne Stinson of Columbus was arrested Monday after the runaway teen was found at a George Street home used by the suspect. Stinson pleaded not guilty to one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and interference with custody during a 2 p.m. Wednesday hearing. Police said he also faces more serious charges of statutory rape and child molestation in a hearing scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday.Detective Matt Sitler of the Special Victims Unit said police were called to a George Street home on July 5 to check on a missing juvenile. During an investigation, police said the girl's mother found text messages on the girl's phone that talked about meeting the man. In the pending cases, Sitler said the girl was engaged in sexual intercourse with the suspect and he gave her money. When the girl was found at the home, Sitler said the suspect wasn't there. Bond was set at $500 on the two misdemeanor charges. Matt Brown, assistant district attorney, said Stinson must stay away from the teen and not contact her if he makes bond on the charges. The order includes phone text messages, Facebook and other social media.Stinson was represented by defense attorney Stacey Jackson. He didn't testify during the hearing.

Prosecutor: Video shows final minutes leading to Bobby Seawright Jr.'s death

Senior Assistant District Attorney Don Kelly made his opening statement Monday afternoon during the murder trial of James Oliver. Oliver is charged in the December 2016 fatal shooting death of Bobby Seawright Jr.