Crime & Courts

Lenoir man charged in sexual assault of girl

A Caldwell County man was arrested Friday and charged in the sexual assault of a Lincoln County girl who was 14 at the time.

Matthew Chad Beaver, 35, of Lenoir, was charged with two felony counts each of statutory rape of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old victim by a defendant six or more years older and statutory sex offense of a 13- 14- or 15-year-old victim by a defendant six or more years older.

Two of the warrants were issued on Friday and the other two on Monday.

The Lincoln County Department of Social Services reported the case Feb. 10. Lincoln County sheriff’s investigators said the incidents happened in March 2012.

Beaver’s original bond was set at $80,000 but was raised to $160,000 after his second appearance before a magistrate on Monday. Joe Marusak

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