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Bristol man arrested on statutory rape charge

Staff Report • Dec 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A Bristol, Tenn., man has been charged with statutory rape after allegedly impregnating a 16-year-old.

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office reports Joel Cormier, 24, of 2111 Highway 126, lot 21, was arrested Thursday. An affidavit states he admitted to having a sexual relationship with the girl during a November interview with a detective.

Cormier allegedly met the juvenile via Facebook and knew that she was 16. Police say he continued a relationship despite the girl's mother telling him to stop. Last week, according to the affidavit, the teen learned she was pregnant.

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