18-year-old charged with statutory rape, met girl on Instagram

18-year-old charged with statutory rape, met girl on Instagram

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis police arrested 18-year-old Xavier Taylor on Thursday and charged him with statutory rape. He is accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl he met on Instagram.

According to the affidavit, Taylor met the girl, exchanged numbers and began texting. The girl told police about two weeks ago he came over to her house and they kissed for the first time in her driveway. But on April 25, he came over, they went to her bedroom and began kissing.

She says he pulled down her pants and his and began having sex. She asked him to stop and he did but then attempted to perform oral sex. She also asked him to stop, he complied. But police found sexual text messages and nude photos sent to the victim.

It's a crime that reminds parents to watch their child's social media activity.

"We have to make sure that they're safe. So Instagram is going to be there, technology is going to be there but as parents we have to be there and be involved," said Evelyn Edwards.

Edwards has a 16-year-old daughter and says she constantly has conversations about social media, communication and sharing information online.

Meantime, Xavier Taylor is out of jail tonight on $35,000. He is set to appear in court again on May 15.

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