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York Co. police: Twp. supervisor hid information about missing teen

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Marlin Mellinger (1998) Marlin Mellinger (1998)
EAST PROSPECT, Pa. (WHTM) -

A York County Township supervisor has been charged with child endangerment and obstruction of justice after police reported he failed to give them the phone number of a missing teen. And they said his relationship with her may have extended beyond friendship.

According to investigators, Lower Windsor Township supervisor Marlin Mellinger withheld a missing girl's phone number from officials. They also said he sent her sexually explicit text messages.

Authorities reported the 17-year-old was a junior firefighter, so when the case began in February, state police checked in with Mellinger, her fire station supervisor.

Police said he told them he didn't know the girl's phone number.

Following an investigation, officers said he admitted to them in an interview that some of the messages he exchanged with the teen were sexual in nature.

The township released a statement from the board of supervisors saying, "The board and staff are confident our legal system will afford Mr. Mellinger a full and fair disposition of the charges that have been lodged against him."

Since the subject was under 18 at the time and in foster care, information about her current whereabouts were unavailable. But according to court paperwork, she did have a history of running away.

Charging documents showed that Mellinger was apologetic for not giving police the girl's contact information, saying that she was not supposed to have a cell phone and he didn't want her to get in trouble at home.

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