A case of statutory rape resulted in the arrests of two men, the underage girl with whom they were sexually involved, and another girl who tried to influence the first girl's testimony, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.
On Aug. 15, the family of a 14-year-old girl contacted sheriff's office investigators regarding her being sexually involved with two men, ages 18 and 19, Sheriff Lynn Anderson said in a news release issued Thursday.
The incidents reportedly took place in the Brooklet and Statesboro areas.
An investigation by Investigator John Quattlebaum led to Christopher Michael Newton, 19, and Justin Cody Williams, 18, as the male participants in the sexual activity, Anderson said.
Newton was charged with felony statutory rape and fornication, and Williams was charged with misdemeanor statutory rape and fornication. The difference in the severity of the statutory rape charges is based on the suspects' age differences with the 14-year-old girl, Anderson said.
The girl herself also was charged with fornication and unruly juvenile.
After those arrests were made, a 16-year-old girl who is an acquaintance of the one of the suspects was found to be contacting the 14-year-old girl in an attempt to influence her testimony, Anderson said.
That led to the 16-year-old girl also being charged, with attempting to influence a witness.