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UPDATE: LFO senior indicted on rape charges; 2nd suspect in custody

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UPDATE: The Catoosa County Sheriff says another suspect accused of raping a teenage girl in November is behind bars.

Sheriff Gary Sisk confirms to Channel 3, Brett Hardy is in jail, charged in connection with an alleged rape in November 2015.

This is the second arrest in the case.

Hardy has been charged with rape, aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes, and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Wednesday, Channel 3 learned 18-year-old Destin Noble was indicted by a grand jury. 

Noble is facing charges of rape, aggravated child molestation, and providing alcohol to a minor.

He has been held in the Catoosa County jail without bond since Monday.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story.


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Catoosa County authorities arrested Destin Noble of Fort Oglethorpe earlier this week. The 18-year-old faces charges of rape, aggravated child molestation, and providing alcohol to a minor.

Noble has been in behind bars since Monday. Since then, support for the high school senior has emerged online.

Friends of Noble have taken to Facebook to show their support for the teen.

Many supporters are changing their profile pictures to a photo of the 18-year-old with the caption "#justicefordestin." As of Wednesday night, more than 150 people have joined a public Facebook group, bearing the same name.

The high school senior is an active member of the local competitive cheerleading community.

Family, friends, and strangers are posting messages in his support. Some asked for prayers. Others said "The truth will prevail."

A grand jury indicted Noble this month, and he was taken into custody on Monday.

A juvenile victim told Catoosa County investigators that she was at a friend's home one night last November, when Noble was 17 years old. Police documents show a male suspect gave her alcohol, before taking her to an area off Alabama Highway and raping her.

Documents show investigators were notified 11 days after the alleged rape took place, after getting a complaint from a DFCS worker. Children's Hospital at Erlanger also confirmed the victim had been seen there.

During the investigation, detectives received information that Noble may have been involved.

Channel 3 has learned police have a second suspect in this case. Warrants have been issued for a man named Brett Hardy.

Noble remains in the Catoosa County Jail without bond.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story.


PREVIOUS STORY: A Catoosa County grand jury has indicted a Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe senior on charges of rape, aggravated child molestation and giving alcohol to a minor.

Destin Noble, 18, was arrested earlier this week in connection to an incident reported last November. Warrants have been issued for Brett Hardy, the second suspect in the case.

The alleged victim in the case was taken to a local hospital on November 19, 2015, where she reported the assault. She told hospital staff she was at a friend’s home, where Hardy provided her alcohol before taking her to an area off Alabama Highway and raping her.

According to a report by the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office, during the course of the investigation a detective learned there was a second suspect involved with the rape. The report identifies the second suspect as Destin Noble. The evidence against the pair was presented to a grand jury, which found enough evidence in the case to send the charges to Catoosa County Criminal Court.

Noble, who remains in the Catoosa County Jail without bond, will still be able to earn his diploma but will not be allowed to participate in the upcoming May 27 graduation at LFO.

Marissa Brower, spokesperson for Catoosa County Schools, tells Channel 3 Noble is an active senior at the high school but has not been on campus since his arrest earlier this week. 

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