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Teen's pregnancy leads to local man's arrest

A McDonough man was being held in the Henry County Jail Monday, for allegedly maintaining a sexual relationship with a teenage girl.

Authorities reportedly became aware of the case after the 13-year-old victim, became pregnant with the alleged suspect's child, according to the Henry County officer investigating the case.

Carl Henry Cherubin, 23, of McDonough is charged with statutory rape. He appeared Monday in Henry County Magistrate Court, represented by the Public Defender's Office.

Cherubin waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the charge against him. Judge Robert Godwin bound him over to Superior Court, and ordered him to have no contact with the alleged victim in the case. Cherubin was in the Henry County Jail Monday, on a $10,000 bond.

Henry County Police began investigating the case March 23, at Eagle's Landing Middle School in McDonough.

A police report by Officer Shemesa Hunter shows a school counselor was told by teachers, about a student who was frequently getting sick, and was possibly pregnant. The counselor, the report states, spoke with the student.

"[The juvenile] stated ... that she had a 16-year-old boyfriend, and that she was pregnant," Officer Hunter wrote. "[She] also stated that her mother ... took her to the doctor."

According to police, the victim gave only a first name for the boyfriend, but told police the subdivision where he lived. The counselor, the report continues, was unable to locate the boyfriend at schools near the subdivision.

A warrant application for Cherubin by Henry Police Detective Isaiah Harmon, dated Friday, revealed the victim conducted a home pregnancy test, which was purchased for her by the alleged suspect, Cherubin.

"When the results returned positive, the offender admitted to [the girl's mother] that he would be the child's father," Harmon wrote.

Cherubin was booked in to the jail Friday. No additional details on the case were available Monday.