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Police: Atlanta man wanted for statutory rape with Alpharetta teen

An Atlanta man is wanted for allegedly having sex with an underage teenager he met through Instagram on two separate occasions, police said.

Nicholas Bush, 27, of Ellenwood, is accused of having sex with the female victim when she was 15 and 16 years old, with the most recent occurrence being in February, an Atlanta police incident report released Thursday said.

The report said the teen’s mother called Alpharetta police last year and said she couldn’t get in touch with her daughter, prompting a missing persons report. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a policy not to publish the names of sexual abuse victims.

Later that evening, the teen texted her mother saying she was all right and would return the next day, the report said. Police were able to track her phone to around the 3000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Atlanta.

The mother was able to call her daughter’s cellphone and spoke to a man, believed to be Bush, who hung up on her, the report said. The teen’s father also called, and Bush allegedly said he knew she was 15 years old, said they had sex and said he would bring her home the next morning. 

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Alpharetta police had patrol units near the family’s gated residential complex, and a car with the Georgia license plate RGK3376 dropped off the teen before driving away, the report said.

The teen told police she met a man she knew as “Billy” through Instagram, skipped school to hang out with him once in the past and went to his house the day before, the report said. She also said the two had sex.

Alpharetta police contacted Atlanta police and passed the case information on to them, the report said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 404-577-8477.

In other news:

Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne broke the story earlier this month of claims that East Point Police Sgt. Richard Goodine sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl.

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