Austin Blayne Hunter, 20
GATE CITY -- A Southwest Virginia man indicted this month on statutory rape charges is awaiting extradition after being arrested recently in Mississippi.
Austin Blayne Hunter, 20, of Duffield, is charged in Scott County with a single count of sexual assault of a child age 13 or 14, two counts of carnal knowledge of a 13 or 14 year old without force and three counts of indecent liberties with a child under the age of 15.
Hunter is currently being held at the Pontotoc County, Miss. Adult Detention Center in Pontotoc, Miss.
According to authorities there, Hunter was taken into custody April 9 by the Pontotoc County Sheriff's Department on outstanding felony warrants. Further details of Hunter's arrest in Mississippi, or why he was there, were not immediately available.
Because of the distance between Scott County and Pontotoc County, the Virginia State Police will be responsible for bringing Hunter back to the Commonwealth. Virginia authorities said they were unsure exactly what day Hunter would be brought back to the Commonwealth.
A Scott County grand jury returned true-bill indictments on Hunter April 3 on six felony sexual offenses. According to circuit court records, the charges stem from a Nov. 1, 2012 incident.
Court records also show Hunter listed as a fugitive from justice. Hunter was scheduled to be arraigned in Scott County Circuit Court April 16, but missed that court appearance due to his incarceration out of state.
The Scott County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office declined to provide details on the case, due to the fact that a minor is the alleged victim.
"Unless we have permission from the parents and victim, we don't comment publicly on these cases, and in this case we don't have their permission right now," Scott County Commonwealth's Attorney Marcus McClung said.
According to those with knowledge of the case, Hunter was charged with statutory rape because of the difference in age between himself and his victim. He did not allegedly use force in the incident. The victim's parents are reportedly cooperating with law enforcement in the case.