More charges likely against man who "helped" teen girl run away from home

More charges likely against man who "helped" teen girl run away from home

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Investigators say more charges are likely against a man who has already been charged with "helping" a teen girl to run away from her home this past weekend.

Following an investigation to find a missing 15-year-old girl, a witness saw her walking along the roadway in Concord on Monday morning and notified the Concord Police. Concord PD located her a short time later.

During the course of the investigation, detectives confirmed the teen met 29-year-old Philip Goodman through an online social media source.

Investigators say Goodman picked her up near her home in southern Rowan County after dark on Friday and helped her run away. The investigation revealed Goodman met the teen in his car, and took her back to his apartment along Crown Point Circle in Concord.

The teenager remained there until Monday morning when she was seen walking along Highway 29, according to the report at the Rowan Sheriff's Office.

Officials have filed charges on Goodman for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A Rowan County Sheriff's Office and Concord Police Department investigation continues with additional charges anticipated.

"We charged him yesterday with contributing to the delinquency of a minor," Sheriff Kevin Auten told WBTV. "We'll continue to look into it, maybe fact gather and do a little bit more analysis of any information we might could collect from any media. That hasn't been real fruitful so far."

Philip Goodman was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $1,000 secured bond and has since been released.

"There is some kind of predator element to this, or criminal element," WBTV Cyber Expert Teresa Payton said. While not referring to this specific case, Payton says there is often a serious motive when men arrange to meet underage girls online.  "They are after being a predator against young people.  Children, pre teens, teenagers, they are looking all the time to be validated that they are smart, that they are pretty or good at what they do"

Payton recommends that parents monitor their kids online activities and also inform them as to what can happen.

"If they're old enough actually show them some of the news about these predators, pedophiles, and people that are being caught using these sites. The older kids can handle it, they need to see this is real," Payton added.

NOTE: WBTV is choosing not to report the teenager's name, due to the circumstances of the case.

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