LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities in Robeson County have charged a church youth worker with statutory rape in connection with the assault of a 12-year-old girl.

The sheriff's office said 28-year-old Jahaziel Levi Rodriguez-Vazquez is accused of raping the victim, whom he met at the church where he worked. A spokesman said Rodriguez-Vazquez was 27 at the time of the alleged assault.

According to a sheriff's office report, Rodriguez-Vazquez assaulted the girl twice, once last year and again in February. The victim's parents contacted authorities in March.

Rodriguez-Vazquez, who was arrested Tuesday, is being held in the county jail under a $50,000 bond. It's not known if he has an attorney.

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