Brooklyn Park man charged with raping girl, 16, he met online

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 26, 2009 - 11:46 PM

A Brooklyn Park man is accused of raping a 16-year-old Milwaukee girl he met online. He is charged with rape and false imprisonment.

A 35-year-old Brooklyn Park man was in jail Thursday on charges that he raped a 16-year-old Milwaukee girl he met online and held her against her will.

Tony Xiong allegedly drove to Milwaukee, picked the girl up, brought her back to the Twin Cities and kept her in his home.

When Brooklyn Park police arrived there Monday, he claimed that he was marrying the teenager and that his actions were permissible, according to the charges.

The girl, identified only by initials in court papers, was missing Saturday but eventually called her parents and gave them Xiong's address. They called Milwaukee police.

Xiong initially denied holding or even knowing the alleged victim. But he then consented to a search, and police found her locked in a bathroom, the complaint said.

The 16-year-old told police that she had chatted with Xiong online and that she said he told her he was 23. He came to Milwaukee on Saturday and drove her to a Minneapolis home, where he had sex with her, though she repeatedly had told him "no," the complaint said.

Xiong then allegedly ignored her request to be taken home and brought her instead to his house, where on Monday he raped her a third time before she was able to call her family, the complaint said.

Xiong told police that he knew the woman was 16. He admitted picking her up in Milwaukee, but he denied having sex with her or holding her against her will.

The teenager's parents said they had not given Xiong permission to take their daughter.

The Hennepin County attorney's office charged Xiong with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and false imprisonment, both felonies. He was in custody Thursday in lieu of $150,000 bail and was not available for comment. His public defender did not return a phone call.

ROCHELLE OLSON

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