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Pender County man arrested for alleged sex crimes against teen

Jose Luis Rios Garcia

PENDER COUNTY — A Rocky Point man was arrested on two counts of indecent liberties with a child and misdemeanor sexual battery.

Jose Luis Rios Gracia, 38, was arrested by Pender County Sheriff’s Office detectives for allegedly committing crimes against a 14-year-old. The victim reported the incidents to her parents, who told law enforcement.

Garcia was given a $65,000 secured bond and his first appearance was Monday.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information should contact Detective-Sgt. Steve Clinard at 910-259-1437.

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