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Teen charged with raping young girl he met on Facebook, deputies say

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LINCOLNTON, NC (WBTV) -

A 19-year-old Lincoln County man has been charged with raping a 13-year-old girl he met on Facebook.

Investigators arrested Robert William Carl Weaver, 19, of Cherryville on Tuesday morning and charged him with one felony count of  Statutory Rape of a Person 13, 14 or 15 years old by a Defendant 6 years older than the victim, according to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department.

Detective Dellinger said Weaver met the teen on Facebook. 

Sometime between August 1 and September 20 of this year he picked her up near her western Lincoln County home and transported her to his residence where the incident occurred.

The incident was reported to the Sheriff's Office by a family member of the teen.

It's a reminder experts say for parents to do more than just heed the warnings of how to protect your child from online predators.

Take steps to make it happen.

"Give your child a digital curfew," said Theresa Payton, a cyber security expert. "No texts, social media, calls and emails after a certain time."

Tad Cooke, a parent whose oldest child is 13 years old said it's tough to keep up with today's technology.

"I feel like we're behind," he said. "I feel like we're chasing our tails trying to keep up with what they can learn."

During the investigation Detective Dellinger determined that Weaver had more than 1,200 Facebook friends many of whom were teenage girls. 

She said parents should make every effort to monitor their children's use of the social media like Facebook.

It's another reason Payton said you should also know what sites your child is frequenting and who they are talking to online.

"Ask them to show you their favorite hot spots," she said. "You'll be surprised at how much they want to show and tell you."

The dangers children can face online is why Phyllis Walsh keeps her household, decidedly low-tech.

"No smartphone," she said.

Walsh also said she keeps a close eye on how much computer time her 11 year old has each day.

"We actually found that out the hard way," she said. "Because she was doing research one day and something vulgar came up by accident just because of a search word she used."

Weaver was released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on a $9,900 secured bond.

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