Benton Harbor man accused of raping 15-year-old Delaware girl he met online

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By: Associated Press

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — A Michigan man has been accused of raping a 15-year-old Delaware girl he met online.

William A. Burrows, 39, of Benton Harbor, Michigan was arrested by Delaware state troopers near Newark on Saturday. He has been charged with fourth-degree rape, second-degree unlawful sexual contact, two counts of aggravated menacing and deadly weapon possession during commission of a felony in connection to a rape that investigators say occurred July 7 at a Newark motel.

Master Cpl. Jeffrey R. Hale says Burrows made contact with the girl through social media in November and remained in frequent contact with her until the two met earlier this month.

The girl told police she was able to fend off unwanted sexual contact Burrows made in the motel room.

Burrows is in custody in lieu of $93,000 bail. It wasn’t immediately clear if he has hired an attorney.