Police: Man rapes girl, lives in closet until her mom finds him

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A North Carolina man is accused of hiding out in a 14-year-old girl’s closet for days. During that time, police say he sexually assaulted her.

Deputies say the girl told them the two met online but that he assaulted her once they got to her house.

“I’m uncomfortable in my own home,” the girl said. “I’m scared. I can’t sleep at night.”

The girl’s mother said she found the man inside her daughter’s bedroom. He had been living in it for five days.

Sheriff’s deputies charged Jarred Workman, 27, with 11 counts of statutory rape and five counts of statutory sex offense.

“Just the fact that he would be that brazen, to come up here to meet a girl online and then to try to stay in her residence not knowing what her parents are or what they are about,” Lt. Bill Hamby said.

Deputies say Workman ran out of the home after the mother opened the closet door.

“I was shocked more than anything. I asked him who he was and he said, ‘Jarred Workman and he was 19.'”

But investigators said Workman is actually 27. He left so quickly he forgot his wallet and cell phone.

The girl’s mother wants other parents to know the importance of monitoring their children’s online activity.

“The Internet has just ruined that poor girl,” Hamby said. “She was very taken advantage of.”

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