An autistic 16-year-old Georgia girl who may have run away with an elderly man was found safe in New York, WGCL-TV reported Friday.
Mary Pridgen of Alpharetta, who reported a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome, a highly functional form of autism, was missing Monday.
"received a phone call from (child protection service) in New York City, said she went to a policeman at 1:30 in the morning and said," I'm an outlier, please call my father, "her dad told Glen Pridgen , 49, the broadcaster.
Pridgen told WXIA-TV that his daughter had run away after he "grounded" her when she came home with a more expensive diamond engagement ring. He learned that a 44-year-old man had it He said the man referred to her daughter as his "fiancée."
But Mary did nothing wrong, under the law of Georgia the station reported.
"In the state of Georgia, it is not a crime for A 16-year-old to be older in a relationship with someone, "said Alpharetta Police Officer Jeff Ross," This is the Age of Consent. "
Pridgen believes that Georgia's age of consent needs to be changed other fathers of 16-year-old girls do not go through what he went through.