Soldier charged with statutory rape of minor

A 23-year-old Fort Bragg soldier was charged Sunday with the rape of a minor.

Army Pvt. Jessey Nortey, who lives on post, was charged with statutory rape of a child aged 15 or under and indecent liberties with a child, according to an arrest warrant in the Cumberland County Magistrate’s Office.

The crime took place Sunday, records state, when Nortey “feloniously took immoral, improper and indecent liberties with a minor victim.”

Arrest documents said Nortey allegedly was found with the minor in a vehicle, where upon investigation, a used condom, condom wrapper and alcohol were discovered.

Nortey is a paratrooper assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, said Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division.

“We are cooperating with the Fayetteville Police Department as they investigate,” Buccino said.

Bail was set at $250,000.

Nortey’s first court appearance is scheduled Monday in Cumberland County District Court.