Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested two local men this week on felony sex charges involving minors in separate incidents, Sheriff Ed Graybeal announced Friday in a news release.
On Thursday, investigators arrested Michael D. Pike, 56, 2203 McKinley Road, after a probe into allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a minor he was taking to and from counseling.
Graybeal said Pike was working for NET Trans, an agency that provides public transportation in rural areas, when the offenses occurred.
Pike was charged with four counts of aggravated statutory rape. He was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $100,000 bond and arraigned Friday in Sessions Court. A preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 26.
On Wednesday, investigators arrested Mars A. Lockwood, 47, 115 Clarks Creek Road, based on allegations that he had instructed two minors how to perform sexual acts on one another while he watched.
Lockwood was charged with two counts of soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor and three counts of solicitation of a minor — aggravated statutory rape.
Lockwood was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $200,000 bond and arraigned Thursday in Sessions Court. A preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 26.