A Catoosa County man has been charged with raping a 15-year-old girl who was cleaning his house, authorities said.
Jerry Gilstrap, 63, was denied bond on Monday after he was arrested on multiple charges last week, a Catoosa County Jail official said.
The mother of the alleged victim told authorities her daughter was at Gilstrap’s house on Jan. 26 doing some housework when he threatened to shoot her if she didn’t agree to have sex with him, a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office report shows.
The mother complained to police on Feb. 1, the report shows.
Gilstrap was arrested Friday and charged with rape, aggravated sodomy, sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, child molestation and possessing a dangerous weapon during a crime, according to the report.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...