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Georgia man accused of assaulting Kentucky woman for failing to match her online persona

Cornelius Jefferson
Cornelius Jefferson

A Georgia man has been charged with assaulting a woman in Eastern Kentucky because he thought she didn't match the description she had given on the Internet, Laurel County Sheriff John Root said.

Cornelius Jefferson, 33, of Monroe, Ga., allegedly had moved to Laurel County to be with the woman, whom he had met online, according to a news release.

The two allegedly got into an argument because he "didn't think she was like she was on the Internet," according to the news release.

Deputy Gilbert Acciardo Jr., spokesman for Root's office, said the documentation for the assault charge did not say how the woman supposedly differed from what Jefferson thought she should be. It also didn't say when Jefferson arrived from Georgia.

Jefferson choked the woman, whom Root's office did not identify, threw food on her and then left with his suitcases, police said.

Deputy Tyler Morris found Jefferson nearby on Litton Town Road, about seven miles north of London, about 4:20 a.m. Tuesday and arrested him on a charge of fourth-degree assault.

Acciardo said the case offers a lesson about dealing with people on the Internet, where they can say whatever they want about themselves.

"There's a warning there to be careful," he said.

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