Conetoe man accused in statutory rape of underage girl

EDGECOMBE COUNTY, NC (WITN) - An Edgecombe County man is in jail, accused of raping a young family member.

Dalton Whitaker, 61, of Conetoe, is charged with three counts of statutory rape by an adult and three counts of statutory sexual offense by an adult.

Edgecombe County deputies say back on October 10th they met with the underage victim and her family, learning that the girl had been sexually abused. Forensic interviewers were able to establish that the girl had been forcibly raped, according to a news release.

Whitaker was jailed on a $1 million bond.