Statutory rape charge filed against Cape man

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

A Cape Girardeau man was arrested and charged Thursday with first-degree statutory rape for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a girl under 14 years of age.

Johnnie L. Martin Jr., 22, of Cape Girardeau, remains in custody in lieu of $50,000 bond at the Cape Girardeau County Jail.

The girl allegedly came to Martin's home at 913 S. Ranney on Nov. 9 and asked him if he wanted to have sex, which the two preceded to do, said patrolman Richard Couch in a probable cause statement. When interrogated by police, Martin confessed to having sex with the girl, Couch said.

If convicted, the felony carries a sentence of five years to life in prison.

Martin's next appearance in court is set for 11 a.m. Nov. 21.

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