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NEWLONDON, N.C. -- A 77-year-old Stanly County man is charged with nine counts of child sex offenses regarding an alleged incident involving a victim under the age of 13.

On December 21, investigators with the Stanly County Sheriff's Office took a report regarding the sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. A suspect, 77-year-old Wayne Arland Kent, was developed through the course of the investigation.

Kent is charged with three counts each of rape of a child, indecent liberties with a child and crime against nature.

He was arrested Saturday and booked in to the Stanly County Detention Center under a $325,000 bond.

Kent's first district court date is set for February 2.

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