By Beth Lawrence
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man on charges of statutory rape.
Maynor Caal Choc, 22, whose address is listed as a Qualla Motel room in the Whittier community, was arrested on Oct. 3 for felony statutory rape of a child under 15.
Choc was found in the hotel room with a 14-year-old girl from Prince William County, Virginia, said Major Shannon Queen of the Sheriff’s Office.
“She was tracked down to the Qualla Motel through the investigation and found to be staying in the room with the suspect in this case,” Queen said.
According to a magistrate’s order, investigators have probable cause to believe Choc willingly engaged in “vaginal intercourse” with the girl.
They made the determination during their investigation at the motel on Oct. 3, Queen said.
Queen declined to release information as to how the teen and Choc knew each other or how she wound up in North Carolina, citing an ongoing investigation.
The girl was taken into custody, but Queen would not say if she had been returned to Virginia.
The Prince William Police Department declined to release information on the case saying they could not share information on Jackson County’s investigation, but a public information officer confirmed the girl had run away on at least one other occasion.
A Facebook post from the National Missing and Endangered Inc. group shared on Aug. 27 asked for help locating the girl who had gone missing from Woodbridge, Virginia on Aug. 2. She was later found.
Choc was given a $200,000 secured bond which was later reduced to $75,000 and ordered to have no further contact with the girl.
His next court date is Oct. 21.