- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SYLVA, N.C. (AP) - Four Sylva residents have been indicted on various charges following allegations of underage drinking and sex at a Halloween Party in Jackson County.

Multiple media outlets reported that former sheriff’s Deputy James Wesley Henry Jr., is charged with obstruction of justice. Henry was fired last month after having been placed on administrative leave in October. He is accused of failing to report crimes and encouraging witnesses not to talk about those allegations.

Cody Jacob Scott Jenkins, 24, is charged with statutory rape and statutory sex offense, accusing him of having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Austin Trent Davis, 19, is charged with statutory sex offense, accusing him of a sex act with a 14-year-old girl.

Michelle Watson Dillard, 40, is charged with obstruction of justice.

It was not clear if the suspects have attorneys to comment on the allegations.

The allegations stem from an Oct. 25 party. In court records, a 14-year-old girl says she drank alcohol and then went to a 24-year-old man’s house where she said they had sex.

Warrants state that students at Smoky Mountain High School told their parents that Henry was at the party. The investigation began Oct. 27 after a teacher reported what several students said to her about the party.

The State Bureau of Investigation handled the case because of possible conflicts in the sheriff’s office.

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