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Jackson Woman Charged with Statutory Rape

JACKSON, Tenn.-- A Jackson woman has been arrested and charged with the statutory rape of her 17-year-old boyfriend.

Jackson police have charged Alisha Harper, 24, with statutory rape and simple domestic assault. Around 8:20 p.m. Thursday, police were called to an apartment in Parkway East Apartments. Officers determined that Harper and her 17-year-old boyfriend had an argument, and she slapped him.

Harper was then arrested and transported to the Madison County Jail. Further investigation determined that Harper and the teen had been dating for about a month, and they were sexually involved. Harper had previously been warned by the teen's mother to leave him alone because he was underage.

Harper was arraigned at 8 a.m. Friday in Jackson City Court. She was released on $6000 bond around 10:30 a.m. and ordered to have no contact with the teen as a condition of bond.

Harper's next court date is at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 12 in Jackson City Court.

Jackson police notified the Tennessee Department of Children's Services about this incident.
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