US man’s plan to marry underage girl uncovered through Facebook

Monday, September 13, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - An American man, who planned to marry an underage girl, has had his plans thwarted after it was discovered through social networking site Facebook.

Robert Nickson Jr., 27, had made plans to marry his 14-year-old fiancee, but after the Delaware County authorities had a chat with her, he was instead charged with statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors and related offences.

Police revealed that Nickson had taken the girl, who he met through a mutual friend about a month ago, to the mall and bought her an engagement ring.

According to the criminal complaint filed, the girl revealed that she had sex with Nickson on at least four occasions at the Lower Chichester apartment where he lives with his father.

It was also revealed that Nickson and his intended bride knew what they were doing was illegal, but they “didn’t think they would get caught”, and it was only after they posted their photos on Facebook that the matter came to light.

Along with the photos they also posted updates stating that they are “in love” and “engaged”.

From text messages, it was discovered that Nickson and the girl were worried about nosey detectives breaking up their relationship.

“i wish i had my own place and you lived with me . . . i would get to see you everyday no matter what time i get done and no one would know where it is,” the Philadelphia Daily News quoted Nickson as having texted her.

Nickson has been taken to the George W. Hill Correctional Facility after failing to post bail, and he is due to appear in court next week for his preliminary hearing. (ANI)

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