Abingdon man charged in rape of teen

July 23, 1999|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

A Harford County man was arrested and charged yesterday with raping a 17-year-old girl whom he lured to his home after chatting with her on the Internet, authorities said.

Dontai Wykee Murrell, 25, of the 2700 block of Long Meadow Drive in Abingdon was charged with second-degree rape of the girl and with furnishing alcohol to minors.

Detective Tom Walsh, a spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, said that the girl and a 16-year-old friend, who live in Harford County, told authorities that they began communicating with Murrell in a chat room Wednesday night.

FOR THE RECORD - Because of inaccurate information from the Harford County Sheriff's office, The Sun incorrectly reported details July 22 of an alleged rape in which the victim and her friend were reported to have been lured to a man's home after chatting with him on the Internet. The victim was 16, not 17, and she did not spend the night with the man. Also, it was the victim's friend, not the victim, who met the man on the Internet.
The Sun regrets the errors.

"They found out he was from Abingdon and exchanged phone numbers," Walsh said. "He invited the two girls to his house and, once they got there, he started giving them alcohol."

The girl, who was not identified because of the nature of the case, told deputies she woke up nude beside Murrell in the morning and suspected that she had been sexually assaulted.

The teens told deputies they quickly left the house after they awoke. Murrell was questioned after tests revealed that the 17-year-old had been raped, deputies said.

Murrell was being held yesterday at Harford County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing.

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