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Teen athlete charged with having sex with middle school student

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CHINA GROVE, NC (WBTV) -

An 18-year-old student athlete has been arrested after he's accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl he met at a middle school.

According to  China Grove Police, 18-year-old Tyler Fuller was arrested on Friday and charged with felony statutory rape.

Fuller was a baseball standout at South Rowan High School. He signed a scholarship with Belmont Abbey's baseball program in late April.

Fuller has also been a member of the school's football and swim teams.

Police say Fuller was in contact with the girl through a school district-based internship for future teachers. 

Fuller was interning at China Grove Middle, where he met the young girl.

Fuller is accused of having an ongoing relationship with the girl from the beginning of March to May 9. The offense occurred off school property.

WBTV has learned that the girl told her friend about the incident and her friend reported it to police on May 9.

Investigators said inappropriate text messages, in the form of photos, were shared between Fuller and several other minor students at the school.

Fuller was booked in the Rowan County jail around 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. He later bonded out on a $10,000 bond.

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