North Carolina man arrested on Clayton County rape charges

A North Carolina man charged with raping a minor in Clayton County in 2008 was arrested Monday morning in Hertford, N.C.

Banchola Leeshawn Parker, 21, is being held on $1 million bond and awaits extradition to Clayton County from the Albemarle District Jail in Elizabeth City, N.C.

Parker was arrested because of a warrant sworn out by Clayton County Police Detective James Watson on June 4, charging Parker with rape, aggravated child molestation and cruelty to children.

Watson was able to obtain a warrant nearly four years after the alleged incident thanks to new leads that pointed to “probable cause,” according to Clayton County Police spokesman Phong Nguyen.

Parker and his alleged victim were 17 and 13, respectively, in 2008. Both were in Clayton County for a “family function,” said Perquimans County Sheriff Eric Tilley, whose department arrested Parker.

He was unwittingly delivered to the sheriff’s office Monday morning by his mother, who took Parker there to complain about an earlier visit from deputies over an unrelated probation violation, according to Tilley.

Although the mother was aware of the alleged incident in Clayton County, Tilley said, she apparently had no idea a warrant had been sworn out over it just a few days before.