An 11-year-old St. Tammany Parish girl who was taken to Mississippi last week by a man she met on the Internet was raped by her abductor and abandoned at a Bay St. Louis gas station, only to be picked up and sexually assaulted again by a second man
, authorities said Thursday.
Christopher M. Spiehler
, 29, of Slidell, who met the girl on a social networking site called VampireFreaks.com
, and Sean Robertson
, 21, of Waveland, Miss., have been booked with statutory rape, Mississippi authorities said.
Spiehler apparently had been communicating with the girl for months
through the website, which is dedicated to vampire enthusiasts and those interested in the occult, authorities have said. The girl made contact with Spiehler on the night of April 23 and said she wanted to run away from home, St. Tammany and Hancock County investigators said.
Just before midnight, when he turned 29, Spiehler picked the girl up from her eastern St. Tammany home and took her into Mississippi without her parents' consent, authorities said. He sexually assaulted the girl before leaving her at a gas station in Bay St. Louis, authorities said.
After being abandoned at the gas station, the girl was allegedly picked up by Robertson, taken to his home and raped, authorities said. Robertson was later arrested by the Hancock County Sheriff's Office.
Shortly after she left home last week, the girl's father contacted authorities, who began an investigation that led them to Spiehler
, who was located at his job at an auto parts store in Slidell on Saturday around 10 a.m., investigators said.
About an hour later, the girl called her father from a cell phone and told him to pick her up
at a Wal-Mart in Gulfport, Miss. Police located the girl and reunited her with her family a short time later.
Following their investigation, the Hancock Sheriff's Office booked Spiehler and Robertson with statutory rape. No bond has been set for Robertson at this time, and Hancock officials declined to comment on whether the two men knew each other
Both departments are continuing to investigate the incident, and more charges and arrests are possible
, officials said.