• Bond increased for man accused of touching teen girls at park

    By: Tina Terry


    MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. - A judge set a higher bond Wednesday for a man accused of sexually assaulting three young girls in a public park. Police said two of the victims were just 16 years old.

    Police said 24-year-old Ondrea Strong was at Woodlawn Park in Mount Holly, drunk, when he spotted three teenage girls. Two of the girls were 16, and the other was 18. They told police that Strong touched one of their breasts, grabbed and struck their backsides and even grabbed one of them around the head, busting her lip.

    "I think it's crazy. I think it's outrageous!" said neighbor Adrienne Barringer.

    She was inside her house when it happened, but was shocked when other neighbors told her about it.

    "It makes me not want to let my kids come across the street and play anymore."

    In court, Strong asked the judge to lower his bond, which was set at $15,000, but the judge considered Strong's criminal record. He's been arrested seven times since April on several charges like DWI, and felony larceny. He was even on bond during the latest alleged incident. The judge denied his request and increased his bond to $50,000.

    Strong is slated to appear in court again in late December.

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