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Federal prison employee faces statutory rape charge

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A federal corrections officer from Arkansas is set to appear before Judge Lee Moore on Tuesday after being indicted by the Dyer County Grand Jury for felony aggravated statutory rape.

Charles Witcher, 25, 580 CR 724, Wynne, Ark., was arrested around midnight on Oct. 15 by Arkansas State Police at the Forrest City Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) in Forrest City, Ark.

Newbern Police Department Lt. Greg Barr stated Witcher was working a double shift at the prison and was arrested as he went into the parking lot at the facility.

Witcher was reportedly involved in an incident with a 13-year-old female that occurred on the Newbern Elementary School parking lot on the evening of July 28 between 7:30-8 p.m. The incident was reported the next day to Newbern Police by the girl's parents who alleged Witcher, who was 24 years old at the time, had sexual contact with their daughter.

"Once we concluded our investigation and determined probable cause to warrant the offense of aggravated statutory rape we chose to present it at the October term of Dyer County Grand Jury," said Barr.

The Dyer County Grand Jury returned a secret indictment of felony aggravated statutory rape on Witcher.

Barr stated Witcher's charge was a result of the large difference in age (over 10 years) at the time of the alleged incident and is a Class D felony. In Tennessee, a Class D felony is not less than two (2) years nor more than twelve (12) years in prison. In addition, the jury may assess a fine not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000), unless otherwise provided by statute.

After Arkansas authorities were notified of the indictment they took Witcher into custody and he was held in the St. Francis County Jail in Arkansas until he waived extradition to Dyer County.

He was brought to the Dyer County Jail on Oct. 17 and was released on a preset bond of $5,000.

Barr stated he would not expect an employee of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to have such a charge against them.

"You can reasonably assume that a man that can obtain a job in the federal prison system should know better than to take advantage of a 13-year-old girl," said Barr.

A spokesperson from the Forrest City Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) confirmed Witcher is still an employee at the prison.

Witcher is scheduled to appear in Dyer County Circuit Court for his arraignment on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Dean Dedmon and Jason Creasy are listed as attorneys on Witcher's file in the clerk's office.

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Doesn't make me feel good knowing prison guards are perverts...

-- Posted by Dude2010 on Sun, Nov 13, 2011, at 1:50 AM

Another Jerry Sandusky.... It's still daylight at 8pm in july and on the parking lot....

-- Posted by DMASE on Mon, Nov 14, 2011, at 9:52 AM

Amazing!!!! Where are all of the sarcasm comments by the haters.... I don't see any "fry him" or "hang em",. I guess that just applies to the westside, eastside , south town, evansville and other areas where they think crime only occurs. Must have hit home for some people.....

-- Posted by DMASE on Tue, Nov 15, 2011, at 12:02 PM

DMASE, I guess you can put me in the "hater group" . Regardless of where he lives/lived, works/worked, my personal opinion is that if he is guilty he should die a slow painful death while he sits looking at his offending parts that have been detached from his body without the use of anesthesia or any sort of numbing. I'm just saying... Harsh, maybe, but live as a victim and then tell me I'm not justified in my hate for this sort of crime.

-- Posted by I_teach on Tue, Nov 15, 2011, at 1:41 PM

Read my post again.... It's strictly referring to the people who pick and choose who they think should be condemned.. I always said and will say, crime is crime and it's committed by all walks of life.. Even as a victim or not ur justified to voice how u feel about it.... It sounds like he influenced a minor to give in, not actually force... Thats probably why his bond is so low...

-- Posted by DMASE on Tue, Nov 15, 2011, at 3:28 PM

Yes. I understand and didn't mean to insinuate contrary to that. You are right, folks will jump on the race card or the white trash card but they left this alone. I don't approve of any crime but certainly think we have let these people get off to easy esp when they are from a different side of town. I agree, this one must have stepped on toes. I hate to be so judging but I must say in these instances, I tend to lean toward guilty until proven innocent. For that I gues I truly am a hater, but I don't see that one changing. Just a good thing I'm not the judge or jury.

-- Posted by I_teach on Tue, Nov 15, 2011, at 9:53 PM

The man did a terrible crime and he needs to have the book thrown at him. A 13 year old girl when he could have got anything he wanted off the street from trash. She will carry this with her for the rest of her life. And still employed what is the matter with that prison. Maybe he will get his due when he gets back in there

-- Posted by Gerty on Thu, Nov 17, 2011, at 11:25 PM

Please don't group all "guards" in the same category as this pos and for that matter we are not " guards" we are Correctional Officers or just plain COs. I worked with this dude and a background check can not pick up something that you ain't been caught for he went through the check just like everyone else and he passed and was given a job would it be different if he was a bank teller or a cook at McDonald's? No it wouldnt a little girls life has been changed forever because of this POS and he does deserve to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

-- Posted by tc76 on Tue, Nov 29, 2011, at 6:23 PM

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