A 25-year-old Bullard man was booked into the Smith County Jail on Monday on a sexual assault of a child charge.
Smith County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Darrell Coslin said the office began investigating Cory Caraway after the parents of the underage person reported the relationship. Coslin said the relationship was of a sexual nature.
An arrest affidavit released Wednesday morning indicated Caraway had sex with a person who was younger than 17 years of age. The Penal Code defines a child as "a person younger than 17 years of age."
According to the affidavit, the mother of the then 16-year-old girl contacted the Smith County Sheriff's Office on Jan. 13. to report her daughter was involved in a relationship with Caraway, who was 24 at the time.
The mother told a detective she believed the relationship had been going on for at least two months, according to the affidavit.
The mother added she believed sexual contact happened at the man's home, where he lived as a roommate to the victim's cousin. The mother indicated she believes her niece introduced her daughter to Caraway.
The mother also told a detective she believes the interaction occurred during times when her daughter was supposed to be visiting her father and stepmother.
According to the affidavit, the mother provided the Sheriff's Office with her daughter's phone and emails taken from her daughter's school computer that confirmed Caraway was aware of the victim's age.
"It is obvious Cory knew how old (the victim) was, because she tells him she is 'sick of living with my mom ... I'm '16' and think that I'm an adult," the affidavit reads.
The mother also told a detective she sent her daughter to an out-of-state girls school after learning about the relationship, according to the affidavit.
In separate interviews with detectives, both the girl and Caraway admit to the relationship. The girl told a detective they had been dating since December 2016 and said the two had sex one time, and that Caraway did not force her, according to the affidavit.
Caraway, who was working in Arkansas at the time of his interview with a detective, admitted to having a relationship with the girl and said the two had sex "one or two times." He said the two met in a bar in November 2016 and they started dating before Christmas and continued the relationship until Jan. 11, when he learned the girl's mother was "trying to press charges on me," according to the affidavit.
Caraway said he learned the girl's age after they had sex, but admitted to continuing the relationship.
Caraway faces a second-degree felony charge of sexual assault of a child. He was released from jail Tuesday on a $75,000 bond.
Caraway's prior criminal history includes one arrest for burglary of a habitation, which was reduced to criminal trespassing and was dismissed.