Joshua Harry Measroch, 21, was arrested and charged June 13 with rape, aggravated child molestation, child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purpose — all felonies — and interference with custody, a misdemeanor. He remains in custody at the county jail with no bond, according to jail booking records.
No one answered the door Tuesday afternoon at the Measroch household on Powers Park Way off Johnson Ferry Road, though several cars were parked outside. Calls to the residence were not returned.
Neither the Cobb Magistrate Court nor the Circuit Defender’s Office had records of whether Measroch obtained an attorney.
According to the warrant, Measroch allowed the child “to remain hidden in his bedroom” from May 2 to June 5 while allegedly engaging in sex acts with her. The report states Measroch had sex with the child approximately three times.
A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said Tuesday he was out of town when Measroch was initially taken into custody June 5 but had never seen any strange activity at the home prior to the arrest.
He said neighbors told him several police officers came to the scene that day and showed pictures of the girl. He said he didn’t know Measroch well, but “never had any problems with him.”
“I’ve known them (the family); they seem like very nice people to me,” the neighbor said.
Deputy Cortney Morrison with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office said the teen was reported missing May 3 from her Covington home.
With the assistance of the girl’s parents, she was discovered at Measroch’s address in Marietta. Morrison said the girl met Measroch on a dating website where they communicated for about three months.
“She was misrepresenting herself using different names, ages, aliases and making multiple social network profiles,” she said.
Morrison said investigators determined Measroch drove 50 miles to the girl’s home and picked her up without the permission of her parents and brought her to his parents’ home in Marietta.
Measroch was arrested and charged with the offenses of interference with child custody and obstruction of a law enforcement officer June 5 and detained at the Newton County jail before returning to Cobb to face charges locally.
Morrison would not discuss whether the teen’s parents had access to her online accounts, but said they were aware of her accounts on social networking sites.
“The parents were very instrumental in bringing her home and locating her,” Morrison said.
Morrison said the teen will face charges in Newton County for running away from home.
Kennesaw State University spokeswoman Tammy DeMel confirmed Tuesday that Measroch audited courses in communications and sports management at the university over the last academic year.
A Walton High School year book lists Measroch as being a member of the Class of 2011.