IUKA - Tishomingo County Sheriff’s investigators charged a 22-year-old man with statutory rape Thursday.

At the time of the crime, the victim was 14 years old, while Allen James Birch Jr., of 114 County Road 191 Iuka, was 19. Investigators said this has been an ongoing investigation involving the Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Human Services Child Protection Services and other agencies.

Birch turned himself in to authorities at the Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Office and has a $500,000 bond, set by the Tishomingo County Justice Court. This case will be presented to the next available grand jury.

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