Ameer Sutton-Best arrest: Man charged with rape of 13-year-old girl in Chester County

PARKESBURG, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Chester County officials say a man raped a 13-year-old girl this summer and they fear he may have other victims.

Ameer Sutton-Best of Parkesburg, 31, faces a range of charges including rape and incitement.

According to authorities, Sutton-Best picked the girl up from her home and took her to a Limestone Road car park, where she was forced to have sex.

Detectives say Sutton-Best also sent disturbing and explicit text messages to the victim and several other teenagers, between the ages of 12 and 14, who he reportedly met through a relative.

“We are very grateful to the teenagers who were willing to speak to us and provide us with information,” said Assistant District Attorney Erin O’Brien.

According to a complaint from the Chester County Attorney’s Office, Sutton-Best asked another young girl if she was attracted to older men and admitted he was 31.

He is said to have said, quote: “I don’t want to get in trouble if you’re not around.”

Investigators say Sutton-Best later tried to cover it all up by calling the mother of one of the victims and asking what he could do to make it go away.

“It’s these types of communications that lead us to worry he may have been in contact with other individuals that we have not yet spoken to or been able to identify, and we encourage anyone else who has information about this to come forward.” ‘ said O’Brien.

Dwayne Walton is the executive director of The Point, a youth center in Parkersburg that provides after-school activities to children in the community.

Walton says as soon as he heard of an inappropriate relationship between a parent who attends games at their facility and a teenager, he reported it to police.

“This was a heinous act that he continued to do to someone in the community and when we heard about it we knew we had to report it and we took action to do so,” Walton said.

According to Walton, Sutton-Best was not a coach in any official capacity and was not allowed to return to The Point.

“Because he has a background in basketball, he would just walk out on the court and help our official coach,” Walton said.

He is being held on $1 million bail.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Chester County Detectives at 610-344-6866.

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