UPDATE: Hattiesburg man charged with rape

UPDATE: Hattiesburg man charged with rape
Dasharion Lewis

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg man charged with statutory rape after an alleged March incident is now facing a $50,000 bond.

Dasharion Lewis, 19, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Forrest County Sheriff's Deputies in connection to a March 15th alleged rape incident involving a victim under the age of 16.

Lewis appeared in court Friday morning where his bond was set for the rape charge. Lewis was also instructed to have no contact with the female victim.

According to sheriff's investigators, Lewis and the victim have known one another for several years, and the "reported" incident occurred in the Rawl Springs area of Forrest County.

The case and aspects of the allegations are still under investigation. Lewis is scheduled to appear in court Friday morning for his initial appearance.

The incident was originally reported to the Hattiesburg Police Department, but was transferred to the sheriff's department.