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Gaston man charged with 2007 sexual assault of a child



Staff Writer

A Gastonia man was arrested on Friday by Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies in connection with a sexual assault that occurred in Lincoln County in 2007.
Detective Kelly Paris called in Jonathon Ray Campbell, 23, for questioning after being contacted by the Pottsdam, New York police department regarding an accusation from a resident that previously resided next door to Campbell on Diamond Lane in Vale.
After failing a polygraph test, Campbell confessed to the sexual assault, deputies said. At the time of the alleged incident, Campbell was 16 and the victim was 7. He was taken into custody and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond.
Paris was initially contacted after the minor, now 13, was in a health class that addressed sexual assault. The minor told a counselor that she was raped when she was living in Lincoln County in 2007.
The Pottsdam Police Department was contacted and, in turn, they contacted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. After listening to the recorded interview with the minor, Paris called Campbell in for questioning.
A Special Agent with the State Bureau of Investigation assisted Paris in administering a polygraph test. After failing the test, Campbell confessed to the sexual assault and was taken into custody, deputies said. Campbell was charged with one felony count of first degree statutory rape.
Campbell previously received probation and a suspended sentence for misdemeanor larceny in 2009. He is due in court today.

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