Man now faces kidnapping charges in case of runaway juvenile - | WBTV Charlotte

Man now faces kidnapping charges in case of runaway juvenile

David Calvert Wilhelm, 59 (York County Sheriff's Office)venile David Calvert Wilhelm, 59 (York County Sheriff's Office)venile
YORK COUNTY, SC (WBTV) -

A man in Sharon, South Carolina is now charged with kidnapping after sheriff’s deputies received a call from a 16-year-old girl who said she was being held against her will.

WBTV first reported the arrest of 59-year-old David Calvert Wilhelm on Monday. He was first charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

RELATED: Kansas teen calls deputies from York Co home, reports being kidnapped

Since the report, Wilhelm was served with an additional warrant for kidnapping. His bond was set at $30,000, and he was released Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators said the girl was reported as a runaway from Kansas. According to the arrest warrant, Wilhelm aided and encouraged the girl to leave her home in Kansas without her parents’ consent.

Sources said the two met online and that Wilhelm drove to pick the juvenile up, but sheriff’s deputies could not confirm or deny that information, citing the ongoing investigation.

Investigators said the girl is now safe and back with her family.

The arrest came after the teen called deputies from Wilhelm's home in the 1700 block of Dr Saye Lane and said she had been kidnapped and was in fear for her life, according to the official report. The girl told deputies she could see other houses through her window and had locked herself in a bedroom.

When the deputies got to the scene, they said they saw the girl standing in the window on the phone. They knocked on the door and Wilhelm answered.

Wilhelm reportedly said only he and his wife were in the house and attempted to walk away. He was then detained, and according to the report, admitted the girl was in the house. She was brought outside and deputies helped her attempt to call her mother.

York County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Trent Faris said that while he could not give specifics on this case, he encouraged parents to monitor teenager’s activities online and when using apps on a phone.

“In this case we hope that parents will be able to find out what their kids are doing, see who their kids are talking to online, and lock that down before anything bad may happen,” Faris said.

Faris said runaway children often leave the safety of their family or home for whatever reason, and end up running to a situation that is much more dangerous.

“It eventually gets to be where these kids who are reaching out, seeking some attention, will find themselves digging deeper and find no way out,” Faris said.

Neighbors of Wilhelm said he kept to himself and that he lived at the house with his wife. Many said they were concerned learning that Wilhelm had bonded out of jail.

“It worries me because we do have some younger girls that lives in the neighborhood,” one neighbor told WBTV.

Faris said that while many adults are familiar with Facebook and Twitter, children are using newer programs like Snapchat and KIK to communicate.

"Be a parent, not a friend, if your kid wants it, don’t spoil them, do your research,” Faris said.

The investigation continues and it is unclear if anyone else could face charges.

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