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PD: Former soldier befriended teen rape victim in chat room

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

A former soldier was reportedly stalking more than just the enemy while at war in Iraq. Police say he befriended underage girls in chat rooms, including a 14-year-old girl in Murfreesboro.  The man may have preyed on victims all across the country, according to investigators.

Christopher Bonick, 28, can be found all over the Internet on social media sites.  Murfreesboro police believe that's how he would meet his underage female victims.

"(He was) using Internet social sites such as chat rooms and other social media. He was able to begin and develop relationships online with underage girls," said Murfreesboro police spokesman Officer Kyle Evans.

Murfreesboro Sex Crimes Detective Tommy Roberts began investigating Bonick in January after a tip. He said even while Bonick was on active duty in Iraq, he befriended a 14-year-old Murfreesboro girl.  

"This young child was being manipulated by someone who's obviously old enough to know better, someone who was in a military position, a leadership position who should have known better," Evans said, "and he is going to face very serious charges for the manipulation and sexual acts."

According to police, the 14-year-old told her parents she was leaving school with a study buddy. Instead, police said it was Bonick who picked her up from a Murfreesboro high school and then took her to a Best Western Hotel and had sex with her in October 2010.  Bonick admitted to police to having sex with the teen. 

Bonick was indicted by a Rutherford County Grand Jury back in February, but before police could get to him, he reportedly made a run for it. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant in Fort Smith, AR, after being stopped by police for a broken tail light.

The 14-year-old Murfreesboro victim may not be the only one. Metro Nashville police served a warrant on his Davidson County apartment where he lived at the time and confiscated his computer, which reportedly linked him to the 14-year-old.

"We do believe there are more victims, not just here in Murfreesboro but across the United States," Evans said.

Police have also notified the U.S. Marshal's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Bonick remains behind bars at the Rutherford County Jail, facing aggravated statutory rape charges. He is scheduled to appear in court April 16.

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