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Police Charge Man with Multiple Sex Crimes

Jose Cerna-MartinezGaston County Police have charged Jose Armando Cerna-Martinez, age 74, of 1020 Ruby St. Clover, SC with three (3) felony counts of Indecent Liberties with a child.  The victims in this case were juveniles at the time and are now adults.  The offenses in this case occurred in 1998, when the victims ranged from ages 5 through 9.  The charges stem from an investigation started by the Gaston County Police Department in June 2019.

South Carolina authorities arrested Cerna-Martinez at his residence in Clover on September 19, 2019 and he was extradited to North Carolina on September 24, 2019.   

The investigation continues and anyone with information is asked to contact Det. M. Rheinson at 704-866-3320 or Crimestoppers at 704-861-8000.  There is no further information available at this time.