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Teen charged in sex case involving girl, 15

Cary Ashby • Dec 16, 2012 at 11:26 PM

A New London teenager has been jailed in connection with having sexual conduct with a 15-year-old New London girl.

Dustin L. Arnett, 18, of 15 E. Washburn St., was arrested without incident at his home Wednesday night. He was charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

New London Police Chief Michael Marko said the suspected incident happened Monday night at an apartment of one of Arnett's friends, where the girl had been invited.

"It was just those two," Marko said.

"I believe they are friends," said the chief, who doesn't believe Arnett and the girl have known each other long.

"(The girl's) mom and dad notified us," Marko said.

"She was treated at the hospital. ... She was transported to Fisher-Titus and then transferred to Akron," he said.

At the Akron hospital, a pediatrician who specializes in sexual assaults first saw her. She then was referred to a sexual assault nurse examiner in Sandusky, where Marko said the nurse examined the girl.

Officer Kevin VerBurg is investigating the case.

"He (Arnett) was interviewed at our station and then taken up to (the) Huron County (Jail)," Marko said. "The interview went in the police department's favor."

Police also interviewed the girl, whom Marko said seemed to be credible.

Officers have more interviews to do in the ongoing investigation.

"We are trying to locate some friends and the manager of the apartment," Marko said.

The chief isn't aware of any previous criminal investigations involving Arnett.

"I've never come in contact with him (before now)," Marko said.

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