A 54-yeaar-old Fayetteville man has been charged with raping a child under the age of 13.

Investigator Tammy MacDonald of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department stated that the initial investigation of the suspect, Ronnie Chipp Spears, began several months ago, and his case was presented to the grand jury on Dec. 18.

“He was indicted on two counts of rape of a child, one count of aggravated sexual battery and one count of incest,” said MacDonald. 

The next court date set for Spears, of 2 Poteete Road, will be Jan. 8, 2019.

Spears was held in the Lincoln County Jail on a $500,000 blanket bond. Deputy David Houk was the arresting officer.