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Jonesborough man accused of raping 14-year-old girl

Becky Campbell • Aug 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM

A Jonesborough man was arrested this week on rape charges for an alleged sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

Michael Joseph Clay, 48, 1645 Roy Phillips Rd., was charged with four counts of aggravated statutory rape, according to court documents filed in Washington County General Sessions Court.

He was interviewed by Washington County Sheriff’s Investigator Jared Taylor Tuesday and, according to the court record, admitted exchanging nude photos of himself and the girl by cell phone.

Clay also told investigators that he digitally penetrated the victim on three different occasion, performed oral sex on her and fondled her breasts.

The court documents did not reveal how the two knew each other or how Clay had access to the girl.

Clay was being held on a $100,000 pending his arraignment Wednesday afternoon.