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Police: W. Cola. man drove to NC to have sex with 14-year-old

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Thomas John Graddick (Source: WAVY) Thomas John Graddick (Source: WAVY)

ELIZABETH CITY, NC (WIS) - A West Columbia man has been jailed in North Carolina after police say he drove there, rented a motel room and had sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl.

WAVY-TV reports 30-year-old Thomas John Graddick allegedly arranged a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old through a telephone chat line and the internet.

Police said Graddick drove approximately 370 miles to an Econo-Lodge in Elizabeth City before picking the girl up and spending the night with her in his motel room.

When the juvenile returned home, her family questioned her and learned about the incident and that the two had engaged in sexual activity, police said.

Graddick was charged with indecent liberties with a child, statutory rape and solicitation by use of a computer.

He was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

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