The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


July 9, 2014

Teen faces stat rape charge

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 — Sheriff’s deputies arrested a  Kannapolis teen Sunday for the statutory rape of a juvenile.

Christian Blake Arnette, 18, was charged with one count of statutory rape with a child under the age of 13 and one count of taking indecent liberties with a child, according to the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident occurred Aug. 8, 2013, the report shows.

Arnette was jailed in Cabarrus County under a $21,000 bond and given a July 14 court date in Stanly County.

Capt. Charles Hatley said the arrest is part of a continuing investigation of a previous statutory rape whereby Darrin Michael Riggsbee, 20, of Locust was charged with two counts of the same charges as Arnette.

Riggsbee’s charges stem from offenses that occurred last month. The child’s parent called 911 to report the crime.

To submit story ideas, contact Ritchie Starnes at (704) 982-2121 ext. 28 or email


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