Alexandria man accused of having sexual relationship with 12-year-old

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An Alexandria man has been arrested, accused of having sex with a 12-year-old girl he met on Facebook.

William McPhearson, 20, faces charges of child molesting and child solicitation.

According to police, McPhearson began a month-long relationship with the girl after meeting her on the social networking site. The two then met at a grocery store and began a sexual relationship after that.

McPhearson denied even knowing the girl but police said they found explicit text messages and pornographic pictures sent from his phone when they examined the girl’s phone.

The girl originally told police she believed McPhearson was 15 but later admitted she knew he was 20 and that he knew she was 12.

Police became aware of the alleged relationship after the girl’s parents reported her missing on Jan. 11.

This is not the first time McPhearson has had a run-in with police. Back in Jan. 2012, he pleaded guilty to domestic battery.

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