After four months of investigation, initiated on Oct. 9, 2020, deputies from the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mark Liles, 23 of North Vernon, on an Arrest Warrant for a Level 3 Felony Rape on Feb. 3, 2021.

In October, Sergeant Doug Brown was notified that a juvenile female had been the victim of an unwanted sexual encounter while at a residence in Sand Creek Township. During the investigation, it was determined that Liles picked the female up at her residence and took her to a remote cabin in Sand Creek Township where Liles made unwanted sexual advances after being told to stop. The victim had never met Liles in person prior, only having communicated via Snapchat.

Liles is currently being held in the Jennings County Jail with no bond.

— Staff Report