21-year-old Indiana man accused of raping 11-year-old girl he met on Tinder

Travis McAdams of Greendale, Indiana, charged with charged with felony rape and child molesting, continued to see the minor even after knowing her age


                            21-year-old Indiana man accused of raping 11-year-old girl he met on Tinder

A 21-year-old man in Indiana is accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl that he met on Tinder.

According to a report by the New York Post, Travis McAdams, from Greendale, was charged with felony rape and child molesting after he was nabbed on December 14. 

McAdams, 21, had his first encounter with the underage girl via Tinder, said Dearborn County Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Deddens. “It’s my understanding the 11-year-old had portrayed herself as a 16-year-old on the Tinder app and once they had met through Tinder they began to chat through Snapchat,” Deddens said.

Police said the arrest came months after the young girl’s mom alerted investigators of the alleged attack in March, according to local news source the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Probable Cause Affidavit states that the 11-year-old girl and McAdams continued to communicate even after he learned her age and sometime in late December 2017 or early January 2018, the two met at a local movie theater.

The 11-year-old told detectives she walked away to use the bathroom and when she walked out of the restroom she said McAdams put his arm around her neck, covered her mouth and took her to the back of the building where he raped her.

Travis McAdams is charged with felony rape and child molesting. Each charge can carry a penalty of three to 16 years. (Photo credit: Dearborn County Sheriff's Department)
Travis McAdams is charged with felony rape and child molesting. Each charge can carry a penalty of three to 16 years. (Photo credit: Dearborn County Sheriff's Department)

Police said after the alleged rape the 11-year-old met up with McAdams again. “She advised me that she was scared of McAdams and that’s why she continued to see him a couple of other occasions after this because she was afraid of what he might do to her,” said Police Det. Sgt. Kendle Davis.

“The mother did relay to us that she confronted the subject via phone because he contacted her and he didn’t want her to file charges and was attempting to talk her out of it,” he added.

Police explained that the delay in obtaining search warrants is what caused the delay in McAdams' arrest. Police are now warning other parents to stay alert and to pay attention to who their children interact with online.

“Watch their social media accounts. There are apps out there now to look different. If you look on a child’s app and it shows a clock it’s actually a hidden file where kids can hide Snapchat accounts or Tinder accounts and other similar accounts, so their parents might not even be aware they have it,” Davis said.

McAdams is being held at the Dearborn County Jail on a $200,000 cash bond and $500,000 surety bond. He is charged with felony rape and child molesting. Each charge can carry a penalty of three to 16 years. Police say since his arrest on Dec. 14, more women have come forward with similar accusations.

A trial date has not yet been set.