An Ashley County man was arrested and charged with first-degree rape in Louisiana last week.

A representative with the the Ouachita Parish Clerk’s Office said Christopher Edwards of Hamburg is facing one count of felony rape and will appear in court in July. Edwards was arrested May 15 after Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators responded to and investigated a sexual assault complaint involving a minor.

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

The warrant states the mother and her boyfriend were living in a residence 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 at 1:30 p.m. July 2 in Courtroom No. 9.

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