December 22, 2014

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Lorain man charged with raping 11-year-old he met via Facebook

Christopher Sims

Christopher Sims

LORAIN – A Lorain man was charged Tuesday for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl he met through Facebook.

Christopher Sims, 30, of Lorain was arrested at noon Tuesday at his home in the 400 block of Iowa Avenue.

Lorain Police Detective Tabitha Angello said Sims met the 11-year-old girl through Facebook a few months prior to the incident and urged her to meet him face to face. On Feb. 19, the girl’s father reported her missing, according to Angello.

A few weeks later on March 1, the father saw his 11-year-old daughter walk out of Sims’ house on Iowa Avenue and get into a car with Sims around 1 a.m., according to police. The father followed the car and called police who pulled over Sims’ car 30 minutes later and found Sims driving with the 11-year-old girl in the backseat.

Police questioned the girl who told them that she had been staying with Sims at his house while she was reported missing and that she and Sims had sex Feb. 26, police said.

On Tuesday, police executed search and arrest warrants at Sims’ house. Inside, they found some items relating to the rape case, according to Angello.

Sims was previously indicted for rape, gross sexual imposition and unlawful conduct with a minor in 2010 for an incident that occurred in 2004. The charged were though it was dropped down to gross sexual imposition and on Feb. 19, Sims pleaded guilty to the charge at Lorain Court of Common Pleas. He is awaiting sentencing.

Sims was being held at Lorain City Jail on a $1 million bond on Wednesday. His next hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on March 13 at Lorain Municipal Court.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.