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Moore County man arrested on rape charges

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm

A Moore County man was arrested last Friday by Franklin County deputies for the rape of a child.

John William Powell, 23, was arrested at a residence on Griffin Road, Lynchburg on 15 counts of rape of a child under 13 years of age.

According to Franklin County Sheriff’s Investigator Andrea Davidson, Powell’s encounter with the child occurred while he was living at a residence on Sardis Branch Road in Estill Springs.

The investigator stated that Powell knew the child. She stated that the incident was reported to the sheriff’s department after the mother learned of the rapes from the girl.

He is being held under bond of $250,000 and was scheduled to appear in Franklin County General Sessions Court Thursday, Jan. 9.

Moore County Sheriff’s Investigator Mike Rainey assisted in the investigation.