Petal man in jail charged with statutory rape

A 37-year-old Petal man in behind bars in Perry County, accused of statutory rape of a then 13-year-old girl in 2005.

Perry county deputies and Petal police arrested Edward Dewayne Thrash at his home Tuesday. The Department of Human Services reported the case to authorities. According to investigators, the Perry County Teen now has a 3-year-old child, reportedly fathered by Thrash in 2005.

He's being held in New Augusta awaiting a first appearance before a judge.