ROME – A man who was wanted in the state of Illinois for alleged child abduction was found with a missing 16-year-old in Rome and charged with rape, according to the Rome Police Department.
At 7 a.m. Wednesday, Rome police were contacted by the Will’s County Sheriff Office in Illinois regarding a minor who was missing. Deputies said a 16-year-old had been reported missing on Sunday, Jan. 14, and she was believed to be with a male subject, identified as 27-year-old Dakota Adair. Deputies said during their investigation, they received information that the teen might currently be in Rome, New York.
Rome police responded to the Red Carpet Inn at 799 Lawrence St., Rome, where they say they found Adair’s car, and they then found the missing teen and Adair in one of the motel rooms.
Adair, who was wanted out of Illinois for child abduction, was transported to the Rome police station for questioning. The teen, who police say was uninjured, was also transported to the police station.
Police say after further investigation by officers with the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center, Adair was charged with felony third-degree rape, and he was held at the Rome police station pending arraignment.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and further charges are pending.
The victim was offered counseling through the Child Advocacy Center.