DELAWARE COUNTY (CBS) — The Delaware County district attorney announced rape charges against a 22-year-old Havertown man Thursday.
Officials say Joseph Valiquette raped a 14-year-old girl that he targeted through the social media app, Whisper.
The victim told police that she had posted on the app that she felt depressed and was fighting with her mother. According to her, Valiquette seemed nice, and eventually, he asked her to hang out and watch a movie.
She agreed and provided the user with her home address in Haverford Township where he arrived within five minutes, officials say.
After Valiquette arrived at the victim’s home, he allegedly assaulted her in her bedroom and then left.
“Upon entering her bedroom, he forces her on the bed and begins physically choking her around the neck,” said Delaware County District Attorney Kat Copeland.
“He claimed the sexual contact was consensual and he denied any use of force,” said Copeland.
Officials say the case should be a wake-up call to parents and teens.
“Reaching out and speaking to a stranger on social media and inviting a stranger into your home who you have no idea who he is. Thats a scary day!” says Copeland.
Valiquette remains in jail after failing to post bail that was set at $150,000.
He is set to appear before a judge Friday at 9 a.m.