APPLING, Ga. (WJBF/WSPA) – A soldier from Evans, GA has been charged with child molestation after a 14-year-old Pickens Co. girl was found in his home.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office says she was a runaway from Pickens Co. and 31-year-old Christopher Thomas Muse had been communicating with her over social media.
They say she was posing as a 19-year-old on various internet dating sites where she Muse.
She agreed to meet and left voluntarily with Muse who drove to South Carolina to meet her.
Investigators say the girl was hiding in the laundry room of his apartment when they got there.
Muse has been taken into custody and charged with Child Molestation and Interstate Interference with Custody.
The girl has been returned to her mother.
Muse is a Sergeant with the US Army and is stationed at Fort Gordon, deputies say.