DENVER, N.C. -- A Newton man is facing statutory rape charges after authorities say they found him engaging in a sexual act with a 14-year-old in a drug store parking lot.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the CVSPharmacy on Webb's Road in Denver around 4:30 Saturday morning on reports of a suspicious vehicle.

Deputies report finding a partially-clothed Darrick Wayne Fowler, 24, and a partially-clothed female.

Fowler told officers that he and the female were only talking, according to the Sheriff's Office, and the female originally told deputies she was 19.

The female later admitted she was only 14, officials say, and both Fowler and the girl also told officials they had a sexual encounter.

The girl was turned over to her mother.

Fowler is charged with one felony count each of statutory rape/sex offense of a 13, 14 or 15-year-old by a defendant six years old and crime against nature.

Fowler was booked in to the Iredell County Detention Center under a $125,000 bond.

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