Midland Man Behind Bars for Sexual Assault of a Child

Midland Man Behind Bars for Sexual Assault of a Child

Audrey Castoreno
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Playing hooky turned into a nightmare for one Midland teen.

Although it led to her alleged predator being locked away, police say the incident should serve as an eye-opener for parents.

According to Midland Police, last Thursday two girls, both 14 years-old, decided to skip school.

Court documents show the girls then called 21-year-old Jeffrey Cary.

"The victim initially met this person on myyearbook.com," Midland Police Officer, Loren Frost, said.

MyYearbook.com is another social media page similar to Facebook. You can also connect with people who live in your area on this site.

According to Midland Police, one of the teen girls had been chatting for a while with Cary on the site.

On the morning of April 11, several calls were exchanged before Cary arranged to pick the two girls up at Wadley Barron Park.

Court documents show Cary took the teens to buy some synthetic marijuana.

From there, he took them back to his apartment. Where according to an affidavit, he had sex with one of the girls two times.

"She apparently got to a certain point to where she realized this was wrong, I'm in trouble, so she made an outcry. So at that point, police were contacted and the investigation started," Frost said.

Police then arrested Cary, who later admitted to knowing both girls were 14-years-old and to having sex with one of them.

Cary was booked into jail on a felony charge of sexual assault of a child.

"Fortunately for us, as a department, it worked out great. He admitted to it and the case was closed. A lot of times it doesn't work out that way," Frost said.

However, Officer Frost says this case should be an eye opener to parents about how fast new social network pages can pop up.

"Parents need to be on the look out for this. Check their kids computer [and] their cell phone. Parents need to get involved," Frost said.

If convicted, Cary could face up to 20 years in prison.