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Richard William Voelker
Richard William Voelker (Submitted photo,)

A man was being held Monday on $150,000 bond in a case in which he is charged with raping a 13-year-old girl in a vacant residence where he was allegedly staying without permission.

Richard William Voelker, 19, of no fixed address, is charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense, third-degree sex offense, first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary and theft of less than $100, according to electronic court files.

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Deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office responded to a vacant house near Taneytown on Thursday to investigate a report of a burglary after the owner discovered a strange vehicle in the garage and a man playing video games in the basement, according to charging documents.

The man, identified as Voelker, was arrested and allegedly told the deputies he was homeless and living out of his vehicle, according to the documents.

The homeowner told deputies the residence had been vacant for a few weeks while he tried to sell it, according to the documents.

Voelker agreed to give a statement to the deputies regarding the incident and claimed he had received permission to stay at the residence from the homeowner's daughter, a 13-year-old girl, who he met on the Internet, according to the documents.

Voelker told investigators he picked the alleged victim up at her home and brought her to the vacant residence to hang out, according to the documents.

The alleged victim was interviewed by a detective and confirmed having met Voelker on the same website as Voelker had named; she had listed her age as 18, according to the documents.

The victim also said she had sneaked out to meet with Voelker on several occasions and at their first meeting informed him her true age was 13, according to the documents.

During their last meeting, the victim told police, Voelker allegedly restrained, struck and raped her, according to charging documents.

The victim told police Voelker then agreed to take her home if she did not call the police, according to charging documents.

Editor's note: The Carroll County Times does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault.

Reach staff writer Heather Cobun at 410-857-7898 or email heather.cobun@carrollcountytimes.com.

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