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Maryland State Police are investigating a Greenbelt man who allegedly raped a missing girl from Virginia in a La Plata hotel.

At 10 p.m. Sept. 17, investigators from the MSP Criminal Enforcement Division were contacted by troopers from the La Plata barrack to conduct an investigation into a sexual assault of a missing minor from investigators from the Virginia State Police, according to an MSP news release.

The information indicated the 14-year-old girl was staying at a hotel on Chesapeake Street in La Plata. Troopers were able to locate the girl and a woman based on the descriptions provided by Virginia investigators.

Once contact was established with the girl, she told police that the man, whom she had been traveling with, later identified as Ronald W. Cheek, 43, forced her to perform sexual acts in exchange for crack cocaine.

According to the release the minor provided a description of Cheek, of Greenbelt, and told police he would be coming back soon. With the description, troopers found Cheek and through conversation with him learned he was operating a Ford E-250 van on a suspended driver’s license. Cheek was arrested, police said.

Troopers learned Cheek had an outstanding warrant for theft in Texas and another warrant in Baltimore County for driving an uninsured vehicle. He also was found to have crack cocaine in his possession. Cheek was arrested without incident and taken to the La Plata barrack for questioning, police reported.

He was charged with human trafficking, second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense, second-degree assault, perverted practice, fourth-degree sex acts with a minor, possession of crack cocaine and driving on a suspended license.

He was processed at the Charles County jail and taken before a court commissioner for an initial appearance. Cheek was being held without bond.

MSP investigators and crime scene technicians collected evidence at the hotel and investigators are interviewing witnesses. The MSP Child Recovery Unit is assisting in the investigation. The minor was released to the custody of the Virginia State Police.

GRETCHEN PHILLIPS