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Swainsboro man charged with statutory rape
Enticed teenager to run away, police said
Taylon Jatel Gunn

A Valentine’s tryst between a runaway juvenile and a Swainsboro man ended in his arrest for statutory rape and other sex offenses.

Metter police Chief Rob Shore said his department was notified of the 14-year-old runaway female Tuesday, Feb. 13.

“Investigation indicated that the juvenile may be accompanied by Taylon Jatel Gunn, 18 years of age,” he said.

In the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day, Metter police, Candler County sheriff’s deputies and Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agents found Gunn and the girl at a location on Highway 23 North, he said.

“Both were taken into custody,” Shore said.

After investigating and learning that Gunn had persuaded the girl to run away, police placed him under arrest, charging him with enticing a child for indecent purposes, statutory rape, electronically furnishing obscene materials to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of minor.

Apparently, according to the charges, Gunn had exchanged sexually explicit materials with the girl via computer or cellphone.

Gunn was taken to the Candler County Jail and was later released on an $8,000 bond.


Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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