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Man who allegedly fled with 13-year-old girl identified and charged

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Gregory Barton has been charged and is in custody in Dent County. (Credit: Dent County Sheriff's Office) Gregory Barton has been charged and is in custody in Dent County. (Credit: Dent County Sheriff's Office)

SALEM, Mo. (AP and KMOV.com) –  Authorities in Dent County said a 19-year-old man is in custody after being found with a 13-year-old girl whose disappearance led to an Amber Alert.

Charges were filed against the man, identified as Gregory Barton, Wednesday afternoon.

Barton has been charged with statutory rape in the first degree and is being held in Dent County on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

The Dent County Sheriff's Office said the 19-year-old and the teenage girl "were in a continuing romantic relationship that began on the internet."

Authorities issued the alert Tuesday night after she reportedly got into a truck with Barton and one of his relatives. She had said she was going to a friend's home but never showed up, so authorities probed her disappearance as a possible abduction.

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Dent County deputies and state troopers found the 13-year-old and Barton about 6:40 a.m. Wednesday at a home in Bunker in neighboring Reynolds County.

After being found, the girl was questioned and released to her parents.

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