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November 7, 2013
Man charged with rape, sexual child abuse

Martin Jon VonrotzA Tooele man is facing court charges for allegedly having sex with a teenage girl.

According to a probable cause statement, Martin Vonrotz, 18, picked up a 13-year-old Grantsville girl on Nov. 3 and took her back to his Tooele home, according to a probable cause statement.

The girl later told officers that Vonrotz began to kiss her and said he wanted to have sex with her. She said she did not want to have sex but they did, according to the statement.

Vonrotz gave the girl one of his shirts to wear home because hers had gotten soiled, according to the statement. The girl told officers no form of contraceptives or protection had been used, and that Vonrotz knew she was 13 years old.

The girl’s parents found out about the liaison after the mother discovered a love-themed message from Vonrotz to her daughter on Facebook, which had been left open and signed into the girl’s account on the mother’s phone. She also discovered an equally romance-themed reply from the girl, according to the statement.

Police officers got a warrant to search Vonrotz’s house for the girl’s T-shirt and any device he might have used to contact her on Facebook, according to the probable cause statement. Officers found the shirt in the home’s washing machine, but it had been already washed, according to the statement.

Vonrotz told officers that he and the girl were not going to have sex but that she talked him into it, according to the statement.

Charges of rape of a child, a first-degree felony, and sexual abuse of a child, a second-degree felony, were filed against Vonrotz Tuesday.

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