YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - A Virginia Beach man is facing several charges after a 14-year-old girl told deputies Sunday he raped her in York County.
Lt. Dennis Ivey with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office said the victim told deputies she met the suspect on KIK, a mobile phone application where users can chat and share photos.
She told deputies the crimes occurred between Aug. 10 and Aug. 27. According to the victim, she began speaking with the suspect who presented himself as a 16-year-old on Aug. 10. On Aug. 27, she met the suspect in the 400 block of Dorothy Drive and walked around the neighborhood before going into a wooded area, where he raped her, Ivey said.
"As far I know, she's okay," Ivey said. "We'll be communicating with her. We try to give her some time because, you know, every time you talk about this it's reliving."
Through the course of the investigation, a suspect was developed and a search warrant was executed on a home in Virginia Beach Monday. Monday night, warrants for the arrest of Michael John Baigert, Jr., 20, of Virginia Beach were obtained. Baigert was arrested and placed in the Virginia Beach Jail.
"The stranger who's preying on these kids in this day and time isn't just the guy that's on the street, offering candy, trying to pick him up. It's a whole different grooming process, this electronic grooming of children," Ivey said. "It's right there in your home."
Ivey said parents play a big role in helping keep online predators away.
"Check their text messages, check where they've been online. Check the home computer. Make sure if they have social media, you have the passwords to it," Ivey said.
No one answered the door at Baigert's Virginia Beach home on Berrywood Road when WAVY.com stopped by Tuesday.
Baigert has been charged with rape, object sexual penetration and use of a communication system to facilitate certain offenses involving children.
10 On Your Side contacted the phone app company, KIK, but did not hear back from anyone Tuesday. A message on the application asks users to confirm that they are at least 17-years-old.
Ivey said the investigation is ongoing and investigators are interested to know if there are any other victims. Anyone with information should call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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