33-year-old who met teenager online accused of abusing, sexually assaulting, falsely imprisoning girl

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MADISON, Wis. —  A Madison man who is facing multiple tentative charges is accused of abusing and assaulting a teenage girl he met online, police said.

The Madison Police Department said 33-year-old Vincent L. Beard was arrested by SWAT team officers who served a warrant at his home on Camden Road last week.

According to the report, Beard met the girl through online dating when she was 16. The girl, who was a runaway, moved in with Beard. She’s now 17.

Beard is facing tentative charges of physical abuse of a child causing bodily harm, strangulation or suffocation of a child, false imprisonment of a child, disorderly conduct while armed and many counts of sexual assault of a child.

According to court records, Beard had an initial appearance Wednesday and a $500 signature bond was set.