Sunday, 09 December 2007 18:08
A man charged with raping a child in the first-degree on
Thanksgiving has received a true bill of indictment from a Caldwell County
Registered sex offender 26-year-old Ronnie Neil
Penley of Morganton has also been charged with indecent liberties with a child,
assault with a deadly weapon and first degree kidnapping. Penley was arrested
Thanksgiving morning after Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a
sexual assault call in the northern part of the county. Penley is alleged to
have attacked a 10-year-old girl while her mother and mother’s boyfriend were
sleeping in the bedroom connected to the living room. The girl and her
6-year-old brother were sleeping in the living room when the attack occurred.
The 6-year-old told police he witnessed the attack. The family was staying with
a friend and authorities say Penley is the boyfriend of that friend. Penley’s
initial Sex Offender Registration was for a 2004 conviction of indecent
liberties with a child.