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Florida man faces molestation charge

A 23-year-old Florida man has been charged in Henry County, after the grandfather of a 14-year-old girl reportedly caught the man naked in his Jonesboro-area home in the company of the girl.

Simant Shrestha Thakur has been charged with child molestation. The teen also faces charges, according to Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton. He said police were called to the home around 1 p.m., on Sunday.

"The investigation revealed that the victim and suspect had met online," Bolton said. "The 14-year-old had used her grandfather's credit card to purchase the suspect an airline ticket from Orlando to Atlanta, so he could visit her."

Police said Thakur, of Daytona, Fla., ran when confronted but was located in a wooded area a short time later.

The teenager is charged with financial transaction card theft and fraud, Bolton added.

Thakur remained in the Henry County Jail Monday, and no bond had been set in his case.

— Valerie Baldowski