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Child Sex Charges

A man from Marion is accused of trying to rape a young girl 16 years ago.

Ricardo Felomena, 44, of Leach Street in Marion is charged with one felony count each of taking indecent liberties with a child and attempted first-degree rape.

It is alleged that Felomena had inappropriate sexual contact with a female acquaintance in 1998, when the victim was 11-years-old.

According to the McDowell County Sheriff's Office, there is no statue of limitation in North Carolina when it comes to reporting a felony offense. Why it took this victim 16 years come forward doesn't matter to detective Billie Brown, the fact that she had the courage to finally do so made her that much more determined to catch Felomena.

Felomena is being held on a $200,000 bond. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday.


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