TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Charges were filed Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in Cherokee County District Court against an Arkansas man accused of raping two 15-year-old girls.

Jefferson Felipe Chavarria, 24, of Lowell, Ark., faces two felony counts of second-degree rape and one felony count of forcible sodomy after allegedly forcing one of the girls to perform oral sex on him.

According to Cherokee County Sheriff's Office reports, a teenager told authorities Nov. 14 she and another teen were messaging Chavarria through an app called MeetMe. The girls said as a joke, once he arrived to pick them up, they said they were going to run away. Both of the girls, however, got into the vehicle.

After stopping at a bank and liquor store, the suspect drove the two girls to the Cherokee Heritage Center, where he allegedly raped them inside his vehicle, forcing one of them to perform oral sex on him.

One of the teens told authorities after she was raped, she ran from the vehicle and that the other teen was still with Chavarria. Authorities later found the 15-year-old at her home and the Lowell Police Department apprehended Chavarria.

Second-degree rape and forcible sodomy is punishable by imprisonment for one to 15 years and for up to 20 years, respectfully.


Jackson writes for Tahlequah Daily Press, a CNHI News Service publication.

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