NC investigators charge man with sex crimes involving children

North Carolina news

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — Investigators in Gaston County have charged a 27-year-old Dallas man with multiple sex crimes involving underage children.

According to Gaston County Police, 27-year-old Matthew Kia Ponder was charged with two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child, one felony count of first-degree statutory sex offense with a child, one felony count of incest with a child under the age of 13, and one felony count of sex act on a minor by substitute parent or custodian.

The investigation and resulting charges stem from a report made to the police by the Gaston County Department of Social Services, after they received a complaint of sexual abuse taking place in a home.

Ponder is currently in custody at the Gaston County Jail under a $1 million bond.

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