A registered sex offender was in custody Sunday, accused of luring two Abilene 13-year-olds from their homes, driving them to Fort Worth, where he kept them for a week, and raping them, police said.
The two girls, who went missing Jan. 2, were found Saturday morning at a Fort Worth home on the city’s west side where “criminal activity had occurred,” said officer Daniel Segura, a Fort Worth police spokesman.
Robert Blaine Harris, 49, was arrested about 9 a.m. Saturday, and faces two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of kidnapping, Segura said.
The girls were later returned to Abilene, a family member said Sunday.
One of the girls said Sunday in a phone interview that the suspect befriended her on Skout two to three months ago. Skout is a social media site for meeting new people.
“I thought we were just going to stay with him a day or two,” the teen said. “He had other plans.”
Abilene police said that no one was available to comment on the case until Monday.
One of the teens said Sunday that she had been having problems with her mother and Harris became her friend on Skout.
“He was fun to talk to,” the teen said. The Star-Telegram is not identifying the teens and their parents because the case alleges sexual assault and the girls are juveniles.
Missing from Abilene
Early on Jan. 2, the teen’s mother went to bed and the girl stayed up watching a movie. “He picked up my friend first, and she came to my window,” the teen said. “I just jumped out of the window and went with her. We went to his car and when I saw him, I didn’t realize he was going to be that old.”
The teen’s family found she was missing a few hours later. Her mother later found a note saying she had left.
In the note, the teen told her mother that she needed to get away and she was sorry that she had caused her so many problems.
“You are not a problem for me, my problem is not having you home and safe,” her mother wrote on Facebook.
Her mother later found a Fort Worth address in her daughter’s old cellphone.
“I drove to Fort Worth on Wednesday and I found the address,” the teen’s mother said Sunday. “Officers were with me, but we didn’t find them there.” The girls weren’t found until Saturday, the mother said.
Police went to Harris’ house in the 8400 block of Tanner Avenue after they got a call requesting a welfare check, Segura said.
Harris told them that the girls were “possibly runaways,” Segura said.
Fort Worth police said they couldn’t release more information Sunday night.
Texas Department of Public Safety records indicate Harris, while in the military, was charged in 2006 with two counts of indecent assault against a 32-year-old woman and a 29-year-old woman. Records were not available Sunday showing which branch of the military or details of the cases.
But a 1987 case involving theft of a check lists Harris’ address as Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth.
DPS records also show Harris is a registered sex offender. His risk level was listed as “not reported” in the DPS sex offender registry and verification requirements were to be made annually, according to the DPS.
He first registered with Fort Worth police in December 2008, then with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department in March 2010, according to DPS records. Records show he reported to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office in April 2011.
Harris was in the Mansfield Jail on Sunday night in lieu of $110,000 bail.
“There’s no need to meet a stranger for any reason,” the teen said Sunday. “Just don’t do it.”
Staff writer Monica S. Nagy contributed to this report.