The Turlock Police Department has arrested a local man on allegations of statutory rape and domestic violence for assaults he allegedly committed on a 17-year-old girl.
The incident that brought about the police investigation was reported on Sept. 26, but the suspect, Thomas Paul Reed, 35, was not located until Tuesday, when investigators received a tip about his current whereabouts.
The original complaint was made on Sept. 26 by the 17-year-old girl, who said she had been staying with Reed for about one week at a residence in the 300 block of Mitchell Avenue.
The 17-year-old girl told investigators Reed had been supplying her with narcotics and that the two of them had been using the drugs together. She also told them they had consensual sexual relations, but because of her age, was illegal, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Russ Holeman.
On Sept. 26 the two got into an argument, during which Reed allegedly grabbed the teenager, which caused bruising around her torso and limbs, Holeman said.
Reed allegedly pushed the teenager and she fell backward onto a glass bong, which left her with several cuts on her back.
The police responded to the residence, but Reed had already fled the area. The teenager declined any medical attention, Holeman said.
On Tuesday, investigators learned Reed was staying at a home in the 2900 block of Andre Lane. Officers made contact with him as he was leaving the residence and placed him under arrest without incident.
Reed was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on charges of statutory rape, domestic violence and child abuse. He currently remains in custody in lieu of a $50,000 bail.