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May 24, 2019

Murphy Man Arrested on Charges of Kidnapping and Rape

On September 23rd Cherokee County Sheriff’s office arrested  32-year-old Jonathan Ervin Kisselburg who gave a Murphy, North Carolina address, on charges involving allegations of kidnapping and rape.

On July 1, 2016 the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an adult female who had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.

During the investigation, Kisselburg, a registered sex offender, was identified as a suspect in the investigation. The investigation was then presented to the September setting of the Cherokee County Grand Jury who handed down indictments for First Degree Kidnapping and Second Degree Forcible Rape.

Kisselburg was arrested on the indictments and is currently incarcerated in the Cherokee County Detention Center under a $150,000 secure bond.

Kisselburg is expected to be in Cherokee County Superior Court on November 7th, 2016.

Because of the sensitive nature of the crime reported, no further press releases will be made concerning this case.

Sheriff Palmer stated, “Again, we see the importance of the sex offender registry laws. I am glad to see that our state has tightened up some loopholes. As always we are not able to do the job alone and are appreciative of the public’s assistance in keeping our community safe.”

About The Author

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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