A 23-year-old man is accused of raping a 13-year-old boy he met on a social networking website.
Jeffrey Scott Boyington appeared in court Tuesday where he was arraigned on charges of rape of a child, communication with a child for immoral purposes and luring with sexual motivation. He pleaded not guilty.
According to court documents, Boyington picked the victim up late one night without his parent's knowledge, took him to his house and raped him. Afterward, deputies say, Boyington drove the victim home and told him not to tell anyone.
Boyington was arrested late last month at the Jimmy John's sandwich shop in Hazel Dell where, according to his Facebook page, he worked as a manager.
According to court documents, Boyington eventually confessed to detectives and told them he thought the boy was 14.
"He comes and goes and lives with his grandmother," said Boyington's neighbor Tim Campbell. "He seemed like a real nice kid. This is really a shock."
Investigators say Boyington met the victim on an adult website called GRINDR. It's a social networking site where men can chat or make plans to meet up. The website clearly states no one under the age of 18 is allowed to join.
Campbell said it should be a reminder to parents to always monitor what their children do online.
"The internet and cell phones have done a lot of good in the past but they've caused a lot of problems too," he said.
Boyington's trial is scheduled in February.
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