Linville waives hearing in rape case

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The case against a Galax tanning business owner charged with rape will go directly to a grand jury.

By April Wright, Reporter

Tropical Tanning Salon owner Jimmy Ray Linville, 51, who is charged with rape of a child less than 13 years of age, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Galax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court last Friday.
Linville was arrested March 28 at his business, located at 209 Oldtown St. in Galax, after the Galax Police Department conducted an investigation.

According to Police Chief Rick Clark, the department was notified about a complaint that was placed with Child Protective Services.
According to a search warrant filed in Carroll County Circuit Court, investigators seized from Linville’s home in Galax a laptop computer, a camera, a recorder, a hooded jacked and white socks.
The warrant says police were seizing property, including all computers, peripherals and storage devices “that may give evidence to the possession, reproduction or facilitation of child pornography... Any seized evidence will be removed for off-sight forensic examination.”
Clark said he could not comment on the evidence that was discovered during the investigation.
The case will be referred to a grand jury, which will decide whether to place formal charges against Linville.