EAST RIDGE, HAMILTON COUNTY (WRCB) – A man was arrested at an East Ridge motel and charged with statutory rape.

Christopher Gooch, 26, was arrested Sunday at the Crown Inn on Ringgold Road.

Police found a 17-year-old girl in the room with Gooch, and say evidence at the scene, along with statements from people there, indicated a statutory rape.

Gooch was taken to the Hamilton County Jail, where he was also charged with failure to appear on an unrelated crime.