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Boyfriend charged for harboring runaway; missing pregnant York County teen found safe

The boyfriend of a pregnant York County girl who was missing for days until she was found safe Wednesday night has been charged with harboring a runaway in her disappearance, deputies said.

Dustin Ray Ray Pope, 19, was booked into the York County jail Thursday morning. He was served arrest warrants Thursday afternoon for harboring the girl and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to police and jail records.

Pope is charged in connection with Madison “Maddie” Faith Knauff, 16, being missing from her Rock Hill home, said Det. Walter Beck of the York County Sheriff’s Office.

During the investigation, deputies learned Pope was involved with the teenager being missing, officials said.

Arrest warrants state Pope “knowingly and willfully aided” and encouraged the missing teen. No other details about Pope’s involvement have been released.

The girl was located safe late Wednesday, deputies said. Maddie is seven months pregnant and had missed a scheduled doctor’s appointment on Tuesday. After she missed the appointment, deputies asked for the public’s help to find her.

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a misdemeanor charge and carries a sentence of up to three years in prison for a conviction under South Carolina law.

Harboring a runaway is a misdemeanor charge and carries a potential punishment of up to six months in jail for a conviction.

Pope is expected to have a bond hearing on the charges late Thursday.

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