A 26-year-old Lincolnton man was indicted by a grand jury this week for child sex crimes.
Barry George Fredell, of 1260 Hulls Grove Church Road in Lincolnton, was indicted Tuesday on two felony counts of statutory rape/sex offense of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old by a defendant six years older, according to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
He is currently being held in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond, higher than his initial bond of $55,000.
Fredell is accused of attempting “to take immoral, improper and indecent liberties” with a girl under age 16 “for the purpose of arousing and gratifying sexual desire,” an arrest warrant said.
The victim’s mother told deputies her daughter had been at a home where the man was staying at the time of the incident.
The alleged sexual encounter occurred on Feb. 19, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Fredell’s criminal record includes felony convictions from 2010 in Lincoln County for possessing stolen goods and a drug-related offense, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website.
He has also been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and wanton injury.