July 24, 2008
Lawrence, Kansas (The Weekly Vice) -- Ashley Brown, a 15-year-old Katy, Texas teenager who has been missing since April 24th of this year has now been found. Police have also arrested and charged a 33 year old man that police suspect to have aided in her disappearance.
Ricky Lynn Bacon Jr., a 33 year old Lawrence, Kansas man was arrested at about 1:20 Monday afternoon and charged with felony aggravated indecent liberties with a child and contributing to a child's misconduct.
According to investigators, Bacon helped the 15-year-old girl run away from her Katy, Texas home approximately 3 months ago. Despite widespread media coverage of the case, the youth has been missing ever since.
Investigators got a break in the case on July 8th when the teenager presumably logged into her MySpace account. Authorities were able to isolate the i.p. address to the Lawrence, Kansas area, but reportedly could not pin point the exact location.
Responding on a tip from a neighbor, police were able to discover the teenager's whereabouts on Monday and took her into custody. Ashley Brown was transported to a juvenile center while awaiting transport back to Texas.
Ashley Brown's mother stated that her daughter has had a history of running away, has had trouble in school and often sought attention.
"I can't even explain the relief that I'm feeling," said Ashley's mother. "Knowing that she's alive and healthy and off the street. Maybe now we can finally get the help she needs."
Bacon currently remains in custody and has been ordered held on a $75,000 bond.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Thus far, most media sources have decided to withhold this man's identity. We feel the severity of the case - and the intense media coverage that surrounds it SURELY warrants that the man be identified. We're going to report his name as we do any other person who is accused of a sexual crime - however we have not yet obtained a mug shot of him. We'll get it posted just as soon as we can.
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