Lincoln County Man Arrested On Statutory Rape Charges

Jesus Martinez Moreno

Jesus Martinez Moreno

LINCOLNTON,  N.C. — A Lincoln County man was arrested Thursday on statutory rape charges.

Authorities charged 40-year-old Jesus Martinez Moreno with two felony counts of statutory rape of a minor.

The incidents, which involved two juveniles, allegedly occurred in May and September of 2013 at a residence in western Lincoln County.

Both female victims were 13 years old.  The suspect knew the victims, according to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Moreno was arrested without incident and taken before a Lincoln County magistrate on Thursday.  He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under an $80,000 secured bond.

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