Memphis TV Anchor Turns Himself in on Maryland Rape Charge

JULY 14, 2006 - Posted at 7:48 a.m. CDT

SALISBURY, MD - A Tennessee morning anchorman accused of committing statutory rape in Maryland in 1974 surrendered to authorities there yesterday.

Ron Meroney, 69, of Arlington, Tennessee, was indicted in December on a charge of statutory rape of a child under 14.  He was arrested in Memphis in May.

Wicomico County State's Attorney Davis Ruark says his office was preparing to file paperwork to extradite Meroney to Maryland when he decided to turn himself in.

Ruark says Meroney is being held at the county detention center on $50,000 bond.

Meroney, who lived in Maryland in the 1970s and 1980s, had been an anchor on "Good Morning Memphis" on Fox affiliate WHBQ-TV.  The station won't comment on whether he's still employed there.

His television career dates back to the 1950s, when he replaced Wink Martindale as host of Top Ten Dance Party.

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