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Suspect charged in sex offense on child

Staff Writer

A Cherryville man is accused of being involved in multiple sex-related incidents earlier this year with an eight-year-old girl, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies charged Joey Allen Smith Jr., 37, of 2571 Thomas Baxter Lane, Wednesday with one felony count of first-degree sexual offense of a victim under 13 years of age, according to an agency press release.

A relative of the victim reported Smith’s inappropriate behavior to the Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, when the incidents last took place, the release said.

The incidents initially started the end of August, the victim’s relative told deputies.

Smith has since been released on a $50,000 secured bond.

Sheriff’s detective Sally Dellinger is credited with the arrest.

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