Police: Runaway teen found with Gwinnett man

DACULA -- A Dacula man is behind bars after police say he coerced a 17-year-old girl into absconding from Ohio to Gwinnett County.

James Lilly, 44, is charged with interference with custody and transmitting obscene materials to a minor following his arrest Monday at a baseball field near Dacula.

Police in Columbus, Ohio, alerted Gwinnett police Monday that Lilly could be housing the runaway. A warrant had been issued for interference of custody in Ohio, authorities said.

Detectives learned Lilly would be involved in the baseball game and located him and the girl there, police said. He was arrested without incident.

The alleged victim was also detained until her parents, who had traveled to Gwinnett, could retrieve custody, said Gwinnett police spokesman Officer Brian Kelly.

Detectives found that Lilly had communicated with the girl via

e-mail and a chat room. He then allegedly transmitted obscene video and still pictures.

The materials pictured Lilly and were sexual in nature, according to his arrest warrants.

Lilly remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond, pending a probable cause hearing scheduled Thursday. An investigation continues.

Police urge anyone with relevant information concerning the suspect to call Gwinnett police Sgt. C. Rafanelli at 770-513-5300.