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Spencer Co. Man Charged With Raping 15-Year-Old

Last updated on Saturday, August 31, 2013

(SPENCER CO.) - A Spencer County man is charged with rape.

Authorities say 50-year-old Robert Cotton was arrested Tuesday after he was found with a missing teenager.

Police say Cotton was arrested for the rape of a 15-year-old girl. Cotton also faces two charges involving illegal drug use.

All of Cotton's charges are felonies.

In addition to rape, cotton faces seven other charges including:

Police say Cotton's victim went missing Tuesday night and was later found inside of his trailer with Cotton at the Oakridge Campgrounds, just north of Rockport.

Police would not release the details of how Cotton and his victim first made contact, as that detail is part of the investigation.

Chief Dale Meredith has a warning for parents.

"If you don't know who you're giving your kids to, don't," said Meredith. "Keep your kids close at home, even if you think your kid is capable of taking care of themselves. If you don't intimately know the person that is going to be monitoring your kid, don't do it."

Cotton is currently being held in the Spencer County Jail.

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