Officers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office recently arrested a man charged of numerous counts of statutory rape.
On Oct. 23, investigators with the department began investigating an incident of sexual assault that reportedly occurred in the Sapphire community of Jackson County on the same date.
According to statement released by JCSO in late October, private security firm, Blue Ridge Public Safety, was the initial agency to respond to the report, with Jackson investigators taking over the investigation later that evening. Deputies, along with the North Carolina Bureau of Investigations, searched the scene of the event that evening.
On Oct. 28, Jackson deputies arrested Christopher Daniel Broom, 35, of Jimmy Morris Road in Sylva, on six counts of statutory rape of a minor.
The offenses faced by Broom were recently reported to the Sheriff’s Office and the investigation is still continuing, according to a statement released on Tuesday. The incident allegedly occurred between Broom and a 15-year-old female. A search warrant was also conducted on Broom’s residence on the same date of arrest.
Broom was initially held on a $200,000 Bond, but that bond was later reduced to a $100,000 secured bond as of Oct. 31, 2011. Broom currently is awaiting a court date.
Details as of press time were scarce, but will be reported as developments arise.