Sheriff: Search for missing teen leads to statutory rape charge

Sheriff: Search for missing teen leads to statutory rape charge

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department

On Saturday Jones County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to answer a call about a missing teenager.  The grandfather of a 13-year-old female said he had denied the girl permission to go to a nearby store in the late evening.

When checking on the teen a bit later that night, it was discovered she was gone.

The deputies viewed a picture of the girl and drove to the store where she was told she couldn't go.

In the parking lot, deputies noticed a truck stopped beside some shrubbery and saw the passenger door open and close.  The truck began to drive away. The deputy activated the patrol car's blue lights and the truck came to a stop.

The deputy walked up to the truck, the driver was later identified as Dakota Cook, 18 of Laurel, and the passenger was recognized from the picture provided, as the female teen for whom was being looked.

The teen's father came on the scene and told deputies he had asked Cook if his daughter with him and Cook said, "No".

Cook was taken into custody and charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, a misdemeanor.

After requesting medical attention, the female was transported to South Central Regional Medical Center where she was treated and a sexual assault exam was administered.

As the investigation continued, and the female and her parents were interviewed, the parents signed a felony charge of Statutory Rape against Cook.

Cook will have his initial appearance at Jones County Justice Court on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.