NASCAR Publicist Arrested

Prominent NASCAR publicist "Chip Williams" was arrested Tuesday and charged with statutory rape and soliciting a minor for sex over the Internet, authorities said.

Williams was arrested in the parking lot of a Guilford County church where authorities aid he had planned to meet what he believed was a 14-year-old girl with whom he had a relationship via the Internet.

Williams' firm, Williams Company of America, Inc., handles media and public relations for drivers Kyle Petty, Bobby Labonte, Derrike Cope and John Andretti, among others. Williams was also the former public relations director for NASCAR.

Williams also faces charges from a relationship he had with a now-15-year-old girl from Guilford County.

Williams is charged with first-degree sex offense with a child and statutory rape sex offense -- both stemming from the alleged relationship with the 15-year-old -- and solicitation of a child by computer to commit a sex offense.

He was being held at the Guilford County Jail on a bond of $1 million.

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