Man charged with rape in Colington

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Johnathan Burton. Photo Credit: Dare County Sheriff's Office.

Johnathan Burton. Photo Credit: Dare County Sheriff’s Office.

Colington, N.C. – A man has been arrested and charged with rape in Colington, according to the Dare County Sheriff’s Office.

On January 11, 2015, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an alleged sexual assault that had occurred on Seagull Court in Colington, North Carolina.

North Carolina Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators arrived at the Outer Banks Hospital to speak to the alleged victim and investigate the incident. During the investigation, numerous people were interviewed and the case was presented to the Dare County Grand Jury on May 11, 2015.

The Grand Jury returned true bills of indictments for two charges related to the case. The suspect was arrested on May 17, 2015.

The suspect has been identified as 38-year-old Johnathan Alexander Burton of Seagull Court in Colington, North Carolina.

Burton was charged with Second Degree Rape and Second Degree Sex Offense. Burton was released under a $15,000 secure bond.

Sheriff Doug Doughtie makes the following statement:

“I am proud of the Patrol and Investigative Divisions for the way they handled these cases. Any time you have victims of sexual assaults it is imperative we get closure for them.”