BOONE COUNTY — The Boone County Sheriff's Department is searching for a man suspected of statutory rape.
William J. Strickland, 19, is wanted on suspicion of first-degree statutory rape of a 12-year-old girl, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department.
The girl, who has not been identified, discovered she is pregnant.
Boone County officials were made aware of the assault in July. An investigation followed and deputies began actively looking for Strickland about a month ago, Sheriff's Department Detective Tom O'Sullivan said.
Police say Strickland is suspected of three sexual encounters with the girl over the course of the summer of 2010 in rural Boone County, according to the release.
According to the release, Strickland is familiar in the areas around Centralia and Hallsville. Since sending out the release, O'Sullivan said he has learned that Strickland also has "friends and associates" in the Fulton area.
Strickland is 5 feet 9 inches tall with brown hair and hazel eyes and weighs 140 pounds, according to the release.
Anyone with information on Strickland's location is encouraged to contact 911 or CrimeStoppers at 875-TIPS immediately.