• Lincoln Co. man charged with statutory rape of 13-year-olds


    LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. - A Lincoln County man was arrested Thursday on statutory rape charges.
    Detective Dan Renn arrested Jesus Martinez Moreno, 40, of 2546 Teague Street, Lincolnton, on two felony counts of statutory rape/sexual offense of a 13-, 14-, or 15-year-old.
    Police said the incidents, which involved two girls, occurred in May and September of 2013 at a residence in western Lincoln County.  Both girls were 13 years old and knew Moreno, police said.
    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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