2 charged with statutory rape

Published 11:17 pm Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Two Hattiesburg men have been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.

Police arrested John Newcomb and Christopher Thompson, both 18, after responding to a reported assault Sunday night.

Police spokesman Synarus Green said the victim had a prior association with the suspects. He declined to release further details about the incident.

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Both suspects have been charged with one count of statutory rape and are being held at the Forrest County Jail.