Deputies on Saturday arrested a 19-year-old Weaver man and charged him with raping a 14-year-old Wellington girl.
According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office report, the incident took place between July 1 and July 12. The man was arrested Saturday, charged with second-degree rape and interfering with custody, according to the County Sheriff’s Office inmate roster.
Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson said the girl had run away from home, and investigators found her staying with the 19-year-old. Upon talking with the two, investigators discovered that there had been alleged sexual contact between them, Amerson said.
“Even if consensual, that’s a felony,” Amerson said.
The matter is still under investigation, Amerson said.
Second-degree rape is committed when a person over the age of 16 has sex with someone between 12 and 16 years old — provided that the suspect is at least two years older than the victim — or with someone who is incapable of consenting due to mental incapacity.
The crime carries a minimum prison sentence of 2 years, but no more than 20 years.
The Star typically withholds the names of those charged with sex crimes until that person either pleads guilty or is convicted, because the stigma associated with such charges can linger even if the charges are dropped or the suspect is exonerated.