Man arrested, charged with assault
A Spruce Pine man has been arrested and a mother charged after an incident involving a 15-year-old female.
Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Det. Cecil Hobson arrested Robert Lee Whittington, 39, of Altapass Highway, and charged him with assault by strangulation. The child’s mother has been charged with misdemeanor child abuse.
Whittington is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, March 28. His bond has been set at $25,000.