Cleveland Co. couple charged in child sex assault case


Laura Mims
Laura Mims

A Cleveland County mother and her boyfriend are charged with the sexual assault of a five-year-old.

Laura Mims, 27, and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Andrew Bulgara are charged with sexually assaulting Mims' child. Officials say the assault happened at the Broad River Greenway in Boiling Springs around 2 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, police were called to the Cleveland Regional Medical Center regarding the sexual assault.

Mims and Bulgara are each charged with three counts of first-degree sexual offense. They are being held in the Cleveland County Detention Center. Bulgara was given a $750,000 bond and Mims was given a $500,000 bond.

Officials say the couple lives on Mary Ann Road in Grover, North Carolina.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office at 704-484-4877 or Crime Stoppers at 704-481-TIPS.