EDWARDSVILLE, Il. (KMOV) – Social networking online is how a man from Maine met his underage victim, according to a Madison County Detectives. They say 23 year old James Labarr traveled from Bangor, Maine to Edwardsville, Illinois once he gained the trust of his victim, a minor female.
On Saturday night the girl’s mother called police saying the girl had snuck out and she was concerned. Early Sunday morning police determined she had met Labarr on a social networking website. Detectives learned Labarr and the girl were at an abandoned mobile home and that’s where they found them. Labarr was arrested and the girl returned to her family.
Police determined Labarr got into town on May 3rd and had sex with the girl more than once.
“It's scary to know I've got my kids running around out here and somebody's doing that,” said Josh Coons who lives near the abandoned mobile home. Coons said he’s just glad detectives caught Labarr. “That's great, that's all you can ask for. They did what they needed to do.”
Labarr is being held in the Madison County Jail charged with Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse. He’s being held on $60,000 bond.