17-year-old arrested for sexually assaulting a five year old

(Photo: Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office)

WHITAKERS, Edgecombe County - A 17-year-old male was arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted a five-year-old female.

On September 26, the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office received a report of a five-year-old girl that had been sexual assaulted.

After an investigation, police determined that she had been raped and also forced to perform a sexual act with the suspect.

The female was taken for a forensic interview to determine what had happened, officials said in a press release.

On November 8, police obtained warrants warrants on Ricky C. Shadding III, the 17-year-old suspect.

Shadding III was arrested on November 8 and charged with the following crimes: first degree statutory rape of a child under the age of 13 and first degree sex offense of a child under 13.

He was placed into the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

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