A Lowell man was arrested Monday after he allegedly admitted to engaging in sex acts in 2005 with a then 11- or 12-year-old girl.
Drew L. Potochnik, 23, of 250 Rainbow Cemetery Road, would have been 18 at the time of the acts, according to Washington County sheriff's deputies.
The victim, now 16, disclosed the abuse earlier this month, which prompted the investigation, said sheriff's Maj. Mark Warden, who said Potochnik was a friend of the girl's family.
Potochnik refused to give a statement to deputies when he was questioned Monday, but he made incriminating statements to the victim's parents when they asked him about the incidents, police said.
"We asked them to make some controlled calls, which were recorded," Warden said.
According to court records, Potochnik admitted the victim performed sexual acts on him and did not deny that he was 18 at the time of the incidents.
There is no allegation of force, Warden said, but the acts are considered rape because of the age of the victim at the time.
Recorded phone calls or conversations are legal in Ohio as long as one of the parties is aware and has consented.
Potochnik was charged with first-degree felony rape. He is being held in the Washington County Jail on a $100,000 bond after a Tuesday afternoon arraignment.
A May 26 preliminary hearing is set on the matter in Marietta Municipal Court.
Warden said Potochnik has no prior criminal record.