RALEIGH — Wake County sheriff’s deputies Friday charged a man with statutory rape and sex offense in a parental role and after accusing his wife the day before of being an accessory after the fact and obstructing justice.
Deputies had been seeking William George Ditenhafer, 41, of 3713 Melrose Drive, and an investigator arrested him at the Wake County Courthouse on Friday afternoon.
Thursday, deputies had arrested his 37-year-old wife, Mardi Jean Ditenhafer, at their house that backs up to the Raleigh city limits, charging that she tried to block their investigation into sex crimes against a minor and she helped William Ditenhafer escape.
Arrest records showed William Ditenhafer was charged under a section of state law that covers “a defendant who has assumed the position of a parent in the home of a minor victim” or who has “custody of a victim of any age” or works for an institution that has custody.
He also was charged with statutory rape or sexual offense against someone who is 13, 14 or 15 years old and who is at least six years younger than the person arrested.
Mardi Jean Ditenhafer was charged with being an accessory after the fact, deputies wrote in an arrest warrant, for not reporting an incident in order to help William Ditenhafer get away from authorities.
The arrest warrant said that happened between mid-February and mid-March.
A second warrant charged Mardi Ditenhafer with obstruction of justice last summer during an investigation into sexual abuse of a minor.
Mardi Ditenhafer was being held on $500,000 bail for a first court appearance Friday.
William Ditenhafer’s bail was unknown Friday afternoon, but he was scheduled for a first appearance in court Monday.