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Anne Arundel school, police officials prevent young girl from running off

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A 12-year-old Anne Arundel County girl was prevented from potentially being taken from the area by a 25-year-old Tennessee man that she thought was a teenage boyfriend, police say.

Anne Arundel County Police say the situation began on Sept. 6, when a counselor with Anne Arundel County Public Schools received a tip that the young girl had detailed plans to run away from home the next day. Her plans included meeting with the man, who she thought was a teen boy, and then leave the area in a stolen car.

They would then go back to the man's home in Tennessee, according to the girl's plans and county police.

Police then notified school officials, who obtained permission to access the girl's cell phone records and social media profiles. Using the information gleaned from those records, a school resource officer concluded that the "teen" the girl was speaking to was actually a 25-year-old man who misrepresented his age.

Working with authorities from both Anne Arundel County and in Tennessee, officials were able to get in contact with the man, who admitted that he had been communicating with the 12-year-old girl. He was later found to be in possession of child pornography. His identity and status is not currently being disclosed.

The female student and her family have entered into crisis counseling. No crime was committed by the girl, police say.

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