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.