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Jackson County Rape Investigation

Investigators are looking for more potential young victims in a Jackson County rape investigation. 35-year-old Jessica Carpenter is charged with statutory rape. Deputies say she also provided alcohol to a teenaged boy.

Her neighbors on Aurora Lane in Sylva say they're not surprised by the charges. "There were so many young men coming and going. (News 13) How young?  They were driving trucks. High school kids," says Wanda Lovejoy.

Deputies are asking anyone who may be a witness or potential victim to contact the sheriff's office. Carpenter is being held on a $100,000 bond. She's scheduled for court December 31st.

By Rex Hodge
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