Teen Accused of Faking Death Appears in Court

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A Georgia teenager, accused of faking his own death, to escape child sex charges, was in a Bay County courtroom Monday afternoon.
19-year-old Nathan Wilkins is part of a group of 14 people arrested last year in an undercover computer sting called "Operation Riptide".
Local authorities picked-him up in June, claiming he traveled from his home in Georgia to have sex with what he though was an 11-year-old.
A judge release him on bond, and Wilkins went home.
He was scheduled to stand trial last month on the sex charge, but he never showed up.
Local authorities said he faked his own death and a fisherman found a suicide note from Wilkins and a pile of his clothes on the banks of the Little River in Brooks County.
As authorities were investigating the possible suicide, Wilkins resurfaced in Aurora, Colorado, three days later. Since running to Colorado was a violation of his bond, local authorities revoked his bond and had him extradited back to Bay County.
"I am going to revoke his bond and order he be taken into custody,” said Washington County Judge Colby Peel. “At this time I will hold him without bond."
Wilkins next court date is a pre-trial hearing set for June 3rd.
Wilkins father was in court Monday afternoon, but refused to comment on camera, he did say that the story and the charges against his son is all slander.


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