An Ashley County man was arrested last week for charges of first-degree rape.

According to a representative in the Ouachita Parish clerk’s office, Christopher Edwards of Hamburg is facing one count of felony rape and will appear in court in July.

Edwards was arrested on May 15 after Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators responded to and investigated a sexual assault complaint involving a minor child.

According to an arrest warrant for Christopher Edwards, 23, the investigation started in April after the alleged victim’s mother contacted authorities alleging that Edwards had sexually assaulted her minor child.

Other news sites have reported that the alleged victim, the victim’s mother and the mother’s boyfriend are former residents of Arkansas and that when the victim’s family moved from Arkansas to West Monroe, Edwards moved with them. However, that information is unconfirmed.

The warrant states the mother and her boyfriend were living in the main home at a location on Cooley Road in West Monroe, and that Edwards and the child stayed in a camper described as “unlivable” behind the home. The trailer reportedly had no water, bathroom, lights or power installed and it was noted by investigators that the home was unsuitable for a child.  

Edwards will go before a judge in Ouachita Parish on July 2 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom No. 9.

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