Monroe man could serve up to 57 years for statutory rape conviction

A Monroe man could spend up to 57 years in prison after a Union County jury found him guilty of statutory rape and other charges on Thursday, prosecutors said.

Jonathon Allen was convicted of one count of statutory rape and one count of statutory sex offense, according to the district attorney’s office. After his release from prison, Allen will be required to register as a sex offender and be subject to satellite-based monitoring for the rest of his life, officials said.

Allen was charged after engaging in a number of sexual acts with a 13-year-old girl who came to his home on June 1, 2012, officials said. The victim’s mother reported that the teen had run away and she was later found at Allen’s home by Monroe police.

“Allen knowingly engaged in these acts even though he knew the victim was only 13 years old,” the district attorney’s office said, noting Allen was 22 at the time.

“Under North Carolina law, children under the age of 16 cannot legally consent to sexual acts.”

For each of the charges, Allen was sentenced by the court to a minimum of 276 months and a maximum of 344 months, to be served consecutively, officials said.

District Attorney Trey Robison commended the work of Assistant District Attorney Daniell Chunn in securing Allen’s conviction.

“I am grateful as well for the hard work of the Monroe Police Department, especially Sergeant Shannon Huntley, which allowed us to get this predator off our street.”