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60-year-old man accused of rape, sodomy of 11-year-old girl

SALT LAKE COUNTY (News4Utah)- A 60-year-old man is behind bars, accused of rape and sodomy of an 11-year-old girl.

Police records say on Thanksgiving, Bobbie Joe Sharp gave the girl a cell phone to communicate with him. About a month later, the victim's grandmother, the victim, and the victim's mother met with police. The grandmother had found the phone and saw inappropriate messages from Sharp.

On January 3rd, the victim told police the suspect lived in the same apartment complex as her. She described numerous occasions where the man raped and sodomized her.

She said the two would video chat and message each other on the phone and often met in his bedroom. On one occasion she described meeting him in the wooded area within their apartment complex.

Records say Sharp would ask the girl to come to his house so she could do the "wifey thing".

Sharp was arrested on January 5th. He faces charges including rape, three counts of sodomy and aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the toll-free Statewide 24-hour Sexual Violence Crisis and Information Hotline at Rape & Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1-888-421-1100. Click here  for a list of Rape Crisis Resources in Utah.

 

 

 


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