Sheriff: Man in ‘relationship’ with 15-year-old girl charged with rape
Published 10:43 am Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Rowan authorities have charged a 23-year-old man with two counts of statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl who was in a relationship with him, officials said.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Joey Dale Childress, of Kannapolis, with the felony offense on Saturday. He remains in the Rowan County jail under a $25,000 secured bond.
Officials said Childress and the girl dated after meeting through a local wrestling circuit. The girl’s mother found out they were intimately involved and not just dating.
The incident occurred between Dec. 3 and Dec. 6, but the mother reported it to authorities on Dec. 22.
“She found out after she saw questionable behavior between them,” said Sheriff’s Capt. John Sifford.