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Delaware Man Charged With Raping Girl He Met On Instant-Messaging App

Franklin County Jail

A grand jury has indicted a Delaware man on rape charges for alleging raping a girl he met on an instant-messaging app. 

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says the case should serve as a wake-up call for anyone who using these kind of apps. An indictment says 23-year-old Craig Andrietti met a 17-year-old girl using the instant-messaging app Kik.

Prosecutors say the two met up in person for the first time at Comfest near downtown Columbus last weekend, and the girl was allegedly raped a short time later at her house.

Andrietti faces rape and kidnapping charges. He’s scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday.

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.