Virginia child rape suspect captured in Parker County

Posted Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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A Virginia man wanted on several charges involving sexual crimes against children was in custody Thursday after authorities captured him near a relative’s home in Parker County.

Deputies arrested Darrell Wayne Delp Sr., 36, of Concord, Va. without incident late Wednesday.

A team of officers with the Weatherford-Parker County Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team located Delp after Virginia authorities alerted local officials that he could be in Parker County.

“Our FAST unit promptly began investigating the location of the suspect,” said Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler in a Thursday news release. “Due to the serious nature and numerous pending charges, we felt it was imperative to immediately remove Delp from the streets.”

Delp had been charged with two counts of rape of a child under the age of 12 and two counts of manufacturing child pornography, according to Virginia authorities. He fled Virginia after being charged with the crimes.

Although he was from Virginia, Delp had relatives in Parker County, deputies said. Late Wednesday, Delp was discovered in the area of Cattle Baron Drive in east Parker County.

Members of FAST and US Marshals took Delp into custody.

Campbell County Sheriff’s Maj. L.T. Guthrie in Virginia said the alleged incidents span a four-year period beginning in 2009 and continuing into the past week.

Investigators believe Delp victimized several children but said the total number of victims has yet to be determined, as the case is still under investigation.

"We're getting information every day regarding this subject," Guthrie said.

He declined to identify the relationship between Delp and the children involved, saying he did not want to release information identifying them. The major did say Delp had a custodial relationship over at least one of the minors.

This report contains information from the News & Advance in Lynchburg, Va.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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