Man Accused Of Sexual Relationship With 13 Year Old Girl

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A Jackson County man has been arrested after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 13 year old girl.

Sheriff's deputies say the received a call from the girl's grandfather after he found 24 year old Andrew James Pepples in bed with the young girl.

Pepples took off on foot with the girl before deputies arrived to the home.

A K-9 tracking team searched for Pepples and found him on Bethlehem Road.
Investigators say he had the girl run away from his location to try to evade law enforcement while he hid in a utility room.
He's been charged with Lewd or Lascivious Battery on a victim less than 16 years of age.

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