A 29-year-old Indiana man who allegedly came to Missoula to meet up with a 14-year-old girl has been arrested and charged with a felony for sexual abuse of children.

The girl's family found that William Eugene White Jr. allegedly started an online crowdfunding campaign to help pay for his trip to Montana to get his "fiancee."

White is being held on $25,000 bail after making his first court appearance Tuesday in Missoula County Justice Court.

On Monday, sheriff's deputies responded after family members in the Missoula area reported that a 14-year-old girl had run away. The family told officers White had come to the house a week earlier looking for her, and was told to leave, according to a court affidavit.

White and the girl were found at the Poverello Center. Court documents say the girl told detectives she and White had spent the night together after she ran away.

In his own interview, White allegedly told the detective he knew how old the girl was when he planned to come to Montana from Indiana.

In Montana, the age of consent is 16 years old.

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for the Missoulian.