A Salem man was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a Bartholomew County teenager. Sgt. Jerry Goodin, spokesman for the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg, says that 22-year-old Ryan Andrew Allen is facing two preliminary counts of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor.
Goodin says that Allen was arrested after a joint investigation between the Indiana State Police and the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department began Monday after a complaint was filed by the parents of a 14-year-old girl from Bartholomew County. Authorities say the complaint was made after the girl came up missing from her home on February 10th and reappeared the following day. Police say the teen ran away from her home to meet Allen after he allegedly made arrangements to meet the girl over social media. After allegedly taking the teen to Salem and spending the night with her, Allen returned her home the next day. When she returned home, the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department was contacted, who in turn, contacted detectives from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg to assist in the investigation. After speaking with Allen Monday, an Indiana State Police detective says that Allen knew the girl was 14-years-old.
State Police say that Allen was booked in the Washington County Jail awaiting his first court appearance.