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Authorities: Man harbored his daughter, 16, against her guardian’s wishes

Suspect being investigated in Va., Bulloch County

Authorities: Man harbored his daughter, 16, against her guardian’s wishes

Authorities: Man harbored his daughter, 16, against her guardian’s wishes

Weylon Robert Wallace

A man arrested last week for harboring a teenage runaway is the girl's father, but family members suspect inappropriate behavior, according to law enforcement reports.

In addition to being named a suspect in the runaway's case, Weylon Robert Wallace, 36, of Kyle Sorrell Road, was arrested in 2012 for inappropriate behavior with teenage juvenile girls, reports state.

A relative of the teen also shared concerns with Bulloch County sheriff's deputies regarding suspected incestuous behavior between Wallace and his daughter, according to reports.

Bulloch County sheriff's deputies, acting on a tip, arrested Wallace Friday on charges of giving false information to law enforcement, obstruction, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, along with warrants from Fairfax County, Va., charging him with failure to appear in court.

An anonymous caller told deputies that Wallace was at a Clito-area home and was possibly armed and dangerous, reports state.

Deputies found Wallace and the 16-year-old runaway looking at a laptop computer as they sat outside a Doy Newton Trailer Park residence, according to reports by Bulloch County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Guarino.

When they questioned the man using the laptop, which was connected to a power source at an adjacent residence by extension cords, he gave his last name as Wallace but then "suddenly clammed up and refused to give the rest of his name," Guarino stated.

When he and Sgt. Jason Kearney explained they were seeking someone with that last name in reference to outstanding warrants, the man later identified as Weylon Wallace still refused to give his identity and began acting nervous, Guarino said.

Then, deputies questioned the girl with Wallace.
"I met with the female and inquired about her relationship with Wallace," Guarino wrote in reports. "I asked if she was his wife and received a chuckle. I then asked if she was his girlfriend and she replied that she and Wallace are friends and were just becoming or getting to that point."

The teen then gave deputies false names for both herself and Wallace, Guarino said.

She told the deputies she had just moved into Wallace's home and had known him two years. She "assured me that he was not Weylon Wallace" and said she didn't know who that was, Guarino wrote.

"As we spoke, I observed that she spoke of Wallace as if she was in a relationship with him," Guarino said. "During this time, Sergeant Kearney attempted to reason with Wallace who refused to give any of his information."

Wallace told Kearney he had known the girl only two months and had met her "just around," according to Guarino's report. When asked for her name, he said, "It's whatever she told you."

Because it was obvious both were being evasive and untruthful, they were both placed under arrest for obstruction, the report says.

While on the way to the Bulloch County Jail, Wallace kept denying his true identity, but once they arrived, "Wallace looked at me and asked if we had a picture of the wanted suspect," Guarino said. Then, "He began laughing slightly and advised that his real name was Weylon Wallace and that he knew of his outstanding warrant and that he would not be able to continue escape this time."

Wallace still refused to identify the 16-year-old girl, the report says.

After repeatedly giving false information, when the teen was told she wouldn't be released from custody until she was truthful, she admitted her real name (which is undisclosed because of her age) and told deputies she was Wallace's daughter.

She said she lied to deputies because she didn't want him in trouble and she did not wish to be found, as she was a runaway, Guarino said.

Upon checking, Guarino discovered that the teen had been missing since the summer of 2012 and a report had been filed with the Virginia Beach, Va., Police Department by her legal guardian, an aunt. Wallace was listed as a suspect in that report.

"Looking further into the investigation, it was also discovered that Wallace's warrant stemmed from
some sort of crime against a juvenile," Guarino stated in reports.

Fairfax County police could not reveal information about Wallace's outstanding warrant Wednesday except that it was for failure to appear in court. However, according to that police department's website, Wallace was arrested Sept. 8, 2012, after police found him with two teenage juvenile girls at a "loud party in the pool area" of a home on Surrey Hill Place in Springfield, Va. They were intoxicated and "skinny dipping," according to reports. All were taken into custody and Wallace was charged with indecent liberties with a minor, drunk in public, trespassing and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the report states.

Guarino's report also states that the runaway teen's grandmother contacted him to express concern for her granddaughter's safety. He said she told him Wallace had "at one point in the past ... purchased his daughter an engagement ring and may have attempted to marry her."

She also said Wallace was prohibited by law through a protective order from having any contact with his daughter, but Bulloch County Jail staff were unable to locate such an order, Guarino said.

Virginia Beach police Sgt. Scott Campbell also contacted Guarino and "said a detective from his agency would be looking into the case this weekend and would possibly be issuing a felony warrant for Wallace's arrest," Guarino stated in his report. "He (Campbell) advised that the warrant would possibly be for abducting the child from her legal guardian ... and Wallace was listed as the
child's abuser in one report."

As of Wednesday, Virginia Beach police had no record of incidents, arrests or warrants regarding Wallace.

The teen was taken to Claxton Regional Youth Detention Center on charges of runaway juvenile, unruly juvenile, obstruction and giving false information.

While currently being held without bond on charges of giving false information to law enforcement, obstruction, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, along with his warrants from Virginia, Wallace may face additional charges from the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office before being extradited to Virginia, Sheriff Lynn Anderson said.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Bulloch County sheriff's Investigator Walter Deal at (912) 764-8888.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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