Crime

Lincolnton man faces statutory rape charge

Lincoln County authorities have accused a Lincolnton man of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Michael Adrian Rodriguez, 33, was arrested late last week and charged with statutory rape of a person 13-15 years old by a defendant who is 6 or more years older than the victim.

The sheriff’s office alleged that Rodriguez had sex with a 15-year-old girl at his residence on Aug. 21. The suspect and victim knew each other, investigators said.

Rodriguez was jailed under $200,000 bond. He faces a first court date on Sept. 15, authorities said.

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