Man charged with rape of minor after meeting her on Tinder site

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A Greendale man charged with felony rape and child molestation, also a felony, has been slapped with a $200,000 cash bond and $500,000 surety by Dearborn Superior Court I Judge Jonathan N. Cleary.

Travis A. McAdams, 247 Braun St., is charged with raping an 11-year-old girl. She met McAdams, who will turn 21 Wednesday, Dec. 19, on the Tinder website after the girl set up an account using the false age of 16, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

She met McAdams toward the end of December last year, but also had communicated with him on SnapChat.

The girl told police the rape, as charged, occurred behind the Greendale Cinema, and that it was in late December 2017 or early January 2018. She was 11 at the time, according to the affidavit.

She also told police McAdams knew she was 11, but the affidavit does not specify if he gained the knowledge from her or in another way.

The girl was making a phone call, after exiting the bathroom at the theater, when McAdams put his arm around her and his hand over her mouth. He led her outside and to the back of the building. McAdams then pushed the girl to ground, removed her pants, and had sexual intercourse with her, according to police.

“She did not tell anyone about the rape that occurred at the Greendale Cinema, and she kept talking to Travis because she was afraid he would hurt her again like he did at the cinema if

she stopped talking to him” says the affidavit.

Cops obtained a warrant for McAdams’ and the girl’s Snap Chat accounts on which they discovered the girl had informed McAdams that her mother had contacted police.
Messages from McAdams “begging” the girl to “talk her mother out of it,” also were retrieved, according to the affidavit.

McAdams told the girl he feared he would have to report as a pedophile and register as a sex offender. He also called the girl’s mother, and admitted he had sex with her 11-year-old daughter.

In other messages, McAdams told the girl he would inform police “that they did not do anything,” and instructed her to tell the police she was 17, says the document.

The judge set a jury trial for April 9, 2019. A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered until a pre-trial hearing on Jan. 19. McAdams is not ordered to attend but must have an attorney by then to represent him at the hearing.

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