The 44-year-old president of a local technology company is due to appear in court next month after being arrested on a charge of aggravated statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl.
Gregory Bryan Austin, president of CTC Technology, was released on a $15,000 bond from the Hamilton County Jail on Tuesday after his arrest by Hamilton County Sheriff's Office investigators, said Janice Atkinson, sheriff's spokeswoman.
He is due to appear in Hamilton County Criminal Court on May 24.
Mr. Austin was arrested Monday after investigators received complaints from the girl's mother, who found "inappropriate sexual messages" on her daughter's cell phone, according to a sheriff's news release.
CTC Technology merged with Executone-TCOM in August 2008, according to the company's website. The company performs computer network installation and management, Web development, programming, hosting and other computer-related services.
The corporate office is at 2101 Chestnut St., and the network operations center is at 745 E. Main St.
Mr. Austin, who lives on Stonehurst Circle in Ooltewah, could not be reached for comment.
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