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Munford man arrested on child rape charges

Star Staff Reports

On May 25 at about 12:30 a.m., Tipton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton regarding the possible sexual assault of a 2-year-old child.

Deputies spoke to the complainant who reported she woke up to check on the children she was babysitting and couldn’t locate the 2-year-old female or her boyfriend, Robert Gene High III, 26, of 195 Fite Road in Munford.
The complainant began to search the residence and attempted to open a bedroom door which was blocked by a piece of furniture. The room was dark and once she made entry she discovered High in the room attempting to zip his pants up and the 2-year-old female child was lying partially dressed on the bed. The child indicated that she had been touched and was taken to the hospital for examination.

Robert Gene High III

Robert Gene High III

Sheriff’s Office Detectives responded to the hospital to investigate the incident. A Child Protective Service investigator with Department of Children’s Services assisted at the scene. The child was transported to the Memphis Sexual Assault and Rape Crisis Center (MSARC) for examination and evaluation. The evaluation at MSARC supported the allegations of penetration to the child. The child was released to the custody of her mother.
High was arrested on May 25 and questioned by detectives. High denied assaulting the child. On May 27 High was formally charged with Rape of a Child in Tipton County General Sessions Court. Judge William Peeler set a $100,000 bond in the case and a court date of June 20 at 1 p.m.
“If anyone has information in this case, please call the Criminal Investigations Division at 901-475-3300, Central Dispatch after hours at 901-475-4300, phone in tips at 901-475-3307, e-mail tips to Sheriff@tiptonco.com or Facebook Sheriff J.T. Pancho Chumley.”

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