Watauga man charged in rape of teenager

Becky Campbell • Sep 14, 2012 at 4:44 PM

A Watauga man was arraigned Friday after his arrest on charges of raping a 16-year-old girl, according to documents filed in Washington County General Sessions Court.

Ronald C. King, 35, 1732 Persinger Rd., Watauga, is charged in two cases with aggravated rape, two counts of forcible fondling sexual battery, domestic assault and aggravated assault.

According to court documents, the assault charges stem from King spraying his wife with pepper spray when they argued about allegations he’d had forced sexual contact with the teenager.

Carrie Kilpatrick told investigators she told King to leave or she would call 911. That’s when he grabbed her phone and keys. Kilpatrick told King she would spray him with a keyring canister of pepper spray if he didn’t let go, but he sprayed her in the back of the head with it and pushed her away.

In the other case, King is accused of using mental and verbal coersion to get the teenage girl to undress during an encounter in early August. That’s when he began to molest her and ultimately rape her, according to a court document filed by Washington County Sheriff’s Sgt. Sam Phillips Jr.

King was arrested Thursday after investigators interviewed the victim and obtained enough information to press charges. There is no indication from court documents that King gave any type of statement about the alleged sexual assault.

King is being held in the Washington County Detention Center on a total bond of $255,000. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 20 at 1:30 p.m.

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