A Delaware man was indicted after allegedly raping an underage girl several hundred times over a period of five years.
Richard "Ricky" White Jr., 41, was indicted by a New Castle County grand jury on a number of charges, including 11 counts of second-degree rape, four counts of sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography, according to The News Journal.
White reportedly had sex with the girl no less than 250 times since 2012. She was 12 when the alleged abuse began.
Court documents state that White started communicating with the girl via text message in fall 2012, eventually steering the conversations toward the topic of sex.
The victim told police she first met White in person when he picked her up from her house on a day that she didn't have school. She said he drove her back to his house where they watched television together.
That's when White reportedly started kissing the girl, which led to the two of them having sex.
For the next five years, police say White had regular sex with the girl, sometimes as often as once a week.
The sexual encounters took place in a variety of settings, according to the affidavit. At first White would bring her back to his house, but after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, the two began meeting in a secluded area of the woods, The News Journal reports.
Then, when White lost his house, he started picking her up from school and having sex with her behind a Popeyes restaurant. Once the girl got her driver's license, they would meet at a public park, as well as a convenience store along the highway.
White allegedly took photos and videos of himself having sex with the girl, which he used to blackmail her into complying with his demands. He also threatened to commit suicide if the girl stopped seeing him.
During her interviews with investigators, the girl said she felt "threatened" by White and felt as though she was "obligated" to have sex with him.
In one text message obtained by police, the girl explained to White that she was afraid of him and requested they end the sexual relationship. She also asked him to stop contacting her.
White was arrested after the girl discussed the alleged abuse with another person, who notified the police.
Under Delaware state law, second-degree rape is a class B felony. A person convicted of second-degree rape faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, according to FindLaw.