U.S. Marshals arrested David Christopher Roberts, 41, of Norcross without incident in Tennessee in June, said Sgt. Dana Pierce, spokesman for Cobb County Police Department.
Authorities say the attack occurred between 9 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 2 a.m. on Aug. 7, 2012, on the school grounds on Wade Green Road east of Acworth and just north of the Pinetree Country Club.
Police say Roberts, a registered sex offender, met the girl on an Internet chat line and enticed her to meet him in a cul-de-sac near the school. He picked her up and took her to the school playground area, where he sexually assaulted her, according to police. He then drove her back to the same area where he had picked her up.
Roberts is listed on the Georgia Sex Offender’s Registry in Gwinnett County for a previous rape conviction in Indiana in 1992.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation had him listed on the registry as a non-predator.
The teenager told Cobb County Police investigators that she hit and struggled with her attacker, but was unable to stop the assault by Roberts, who is 5 feet, 11 inches tall, and 190 pounds, according to the arrest warrant.
Roberts is charged with enticing a child, rape and child molestation.
Classes were not in session that day, but it was a teacher work day. The alleged attack occurred sometime after 9 p.m., so the school likely would have been empty at the time the crime reportedly took place.
The girl’s family immediately reported the crime to police, Pierce said.
“We needed to get the evidence back from the GBI crime lab,” said Pierce in explaining the almost one-year lag time between the reporting of the rape and the arrest warrant being issued.
“We can’t emphasize enough in looking at these types of cases, from a law enforcement perspective, if a parent is monitoring their child’s online activity and phone activity then a crime like this could have been averted,” Pierce said.