Man ac­cused of rap­ing 13-year-old girl

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Lynh Bui

A Mary­land man has been ar­rested on a rape charge in­volv­ing a 13-year-old girl he met on so­cial me­dia, Mont­gomery County po­lice said.

The girl’s fam­ily re­ported her miss­ing on June 23, and the next day she told her fam­ily she was at the Ex­tended Stay Amer­ica ho­tel on Cen­tury Boule­vard in Ger­man­town, po­lice said.

Her fam­ily drove to the ho­tel and found her with Charles Ebenezer Berry Jr., 21, of Ger­man­town, who had been cor­re­spond­ing with the girl on In­sta­gram and Snapchat since 2016, when she was 12, po­lice said.

Berry picked up the girl from her home and knew she was 13 be­fore tak­ing her to the ho­tel to en­gage in sex acts, po­lice said. He had met the girl pre­vi­ously, po­lice said.

Au­thor­i­ties ar­rested Berry on Thurs­day, and he was charged with one count of sec­ond-de­gree rape. He is be­ing held in jail with­out bond.

Po­lice said he may have con­tacted other girls and that there could be other vic­tims. Any­one who thinks their chil­dren have con­tacted Berry are asked to call 240-773-5400.

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