West Virginia man to face rape charges in Coweta

By Laura Camper/ laura@newnan.com

Coweta County is executing warrants for a West Virginia man accused of raping a Georgia teen at B.T. Brown Reservoir on Monday, local law enforcement said.

After meeting a 17-year-old Harris County girl online, Dalton Ramsey, 28, allegedly lured her to meet with him with an offer to take her to Pennsylvania to meet her boyfriend, according to a statement released by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

Ramsey picked the girl up early Monday morning; but instead of taking her to Pennsylvania, he stopped at the park where he allegedly bound her hands with tape and raped her at knifepoint, law enforcement said.

After the rape, the teen was able to use her cell phone to take pictures of the area so she could prove the rape happened inside Coweta County.

An app on her phone called Noonlight helped the girl alert authorities. Once the app is opened, users must enter a passcode within a certain amount of time or the app will try to contact them. The girl was able to type “rape” in response to the contact and to type a description of the vehicle.

Noonlight representatives began to ping her phone and update law enforcement agencies.

The vehicle was located in Habersham County, where deputies took Ramsey into custody.

The teen has been reunited with her family, said Toby Nix, public information officer for the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

Ramsey is currently in the custody of Habersham County Sheriff’s Office facing kidnapping charges, Nix said. As soon as he is released by the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, he will be transferred to Coweta County to face charges of rape, kidnapping, aggravated assault with a weapon and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, Nix said.

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