Man charged with sex crimes involving minor

Lathan Laverne Jones

February 17, 2011 12:49:12 PM PST
Cumberland County Sheriff's Detectives have charged a Shannon -- 25 miles outside of Fayetteville -- man with sex crimes involving a 12-year-old girl.Authorities say 38-year-old Lathan Laverne Jones was taken into custody Thursday afternoon.

Investigators say the victim reported the crime to an adult who later called law enforcement officials. The inappropriate contact allegedly occurred over the past several months at Jones' home.

Jones is charged with first degree rape, taking indecent liberties with a child and incest.

He is being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $300,000 bond.

Jones will make a first court appearance in the Cumberland County Detention Center on Friday afternoon.

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