Man accused of luring teen with 'Rover' app to sexually abuse her

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A Mount Vernon man is facing sex abuse charges - after police say he used a dog walking app to lure a young girl into his home.

According to investigators, 39-year-old Charles Johnson used the popular dog-sitting app Rover for sinister behavior.

Police say Johnson set up a phony profile on the app saying he was looking for a dog sitter.

When a teenage girl showed up at his home, police say he trapped the girl behind a locked door, offered her money for sex and exposed himself.

When the girl refused, police say he forcibly groped her. The victim was able to escape and call police.

Social media experts say people need to be very cautious when using all apps.

"Always meet a person in a public place, always, a crowded, public place. Do not agree to just go to their home," says social media expert Lance Ulanoff.

Investigators say Johnson may have tried this before.

They say Johnson, who has a lengthy criminal record, is also suspected of posting suspicious fliers near schools in Mount Vernon and Yonkers over the past three years looking for teens to perform jobs in exchange for cash.

He is charged with first-degree sex abuse.

Police say he already has three prior felony convictions and is being held in prison.

He is scheduled to appear in court May 24.

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