New York man sexually assaulted local teen he met online: police

Harper Ho
York Dispatch

A New York man traveled to York County and sexually assaulted a teen girl  he had met online, police say.

Police are searching for Tahj Malik Joseph-Haynes, 21, of the Bronx, in connection with allegations of sexual assault against a 15-year-old girl.

The teen reported the incident to Springettsbury Police. According to police, she was allegedly raped by the man she met on Facebook at a hotel room at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort in the township.

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The pair allegedly met at a hotel room, where they smoked marijuana before Joseph-Haynes sexually assaulted the girl, police said. The girl told police she was crying and felt pain during the encounter, according to the complaint.

Joseph-Haynes faces felony sexual assault and aggravated assault charges, according to court records.

The federal government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency encourages parents to talk to their teens about avoiding sex talk online as part of its Stop.Think.Connect. campaign.

"Research shows that teens who don’t talk about sex with strangers online are less likely to come in contact with predators," according to CISA.

CISA offers a detailed guide for parents in Chatting with Kids About Being Online

Anyone with information about Joseph-Haynes should contact the Springettsbury Township Police Department by calling 717-757-3525 or via the York County Department of Emergency Services' non-emergency line at 717-854-5571. 

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