Lincoln County MPs say one victim alleged she and the suspect had sex multiple times.
LINCOLN COUNTY, NC – A Gastonia man faces multiple child sex crimes charges resulting from an investigation into inappropriate messages sent to two underage girls.
On April 16, Lincoln County MPs said they received the report of the obscene pictures and messages sent to two underage children. The Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center interviewed both girls, both of whom shared details of inappropriate contact between them and 21-year-old Joshua Tyler Gray. According to the victims, both victims were known to him.
In the sheriff’s office it is said that a victim encouraged Gray to leave her house with him several times in the middle of the night. Gray is accused of driving her to different places to have sex with her before taking her to his home.
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Gray is now charged with legal rape, indecent liberty with one child, and 2nd degree abduction. He is also accused of contributing to a minor’s crime and two cases of dissemination of material harming minors, all offenses. He was arrested by the Gaston County Police Department on May 1 and jailed for a $ 500,000 secured loan. His first visit to the Lincoln District Court is scheduled for Monday, May 3rd.
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If you or a loved one needs help dealing with the consequences of sexual assault or other unwanted sexual contact, contact RAINN for resources near you or call 800-656-4673.