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Wilson Co. man arrested on rape charges

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A Lebanon man has been arrested on rape charges stemming from an investigation by Wilson County Sheriff's Office investigators involving children.

Joseph Leroy Durham Jr., 55, was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail on charges of Aggravated Statutory Rape and Rape of a Child on April 17th. The mother of the victims reported the allegations of sexual abuse to the WCSO.

During the investigation, several individuals were interviewed and evidence obtained resulted in Durham's arrest.

"This was a very trying case for our investigators as it involves children," Sheriff Robert Bryan said. "This is an ongoing investigation and we feel that once it is completed, that there will be more charges coming against Mr. Durham. I commend our investigators for all of the hard work that they put in this case."

Durham is currently being held in the Wilson County Jail with no bond and has an initial court appearance scheduled on June 14, 2017 at 9 a.m. The identities of the victims have not been released due to their age.

Anyone with more information should contact the WCSO at 615-444-1412.

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