West Virginia man charged in rape of teen

By Laura Camper

Two months after allegedly raping a Georgia teen a West Virginia man has arrived in Coweta County to face charges, local law enforcement said.

Dalton Ramsey, 29, allegedly lured a 17-year-old Harris County girl to meet with him in September with an offer to take her to Pennsylvania to meet her boyfriend, according to a statement released by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office at the time. Ramsey picked the girl up early one morning; but instead of taking her to Pennsylvania, he stopped at B.T. Brown Reservoir 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 that proved 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 as well as 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 was reunited with her family after being found, said Toby Nix, public information officer for the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

Ramsey was charged with rape, kidnapping, aggravated assault with a knife, kidnapping, possession of a firearm/knife during the commission of a crime and felony child sexual exploitation, Nix said.

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