Arrest made in sex case

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Marshall County man was arrested and charged with two counts of rape of a child after a Lewisburg Police Department investigation last week.

Dallas Jay Stewart, 27, of Sumerset Circle, was arrested Aug. 18 after his second interview with detectives, according to Police Chief Chuck Forbis.

Officer Kevin Clark made the initial contact with the victims on Aug. 14, when an 11-year-old girl and her mother and stepmother came to the police department to report an unlawful sexual contact that had occurred about two weeks earlier.

The girl told Clark that she and her friend, who is also under 13, were visiting Stewart, a family friend, at his residence, when the episode happened.

LPD Detective Scott Braden took statements from both victims on Aug. 17.

Stewart is reported to have assisted with some of the youth activities at Parkview Baptist Church on West Ellington Parkway.

Stewart's bond was set at $500,000, and he is due in General Sessions Court on Sept. 15.