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Cops: Man took nude photos of underage girl after sex in hotel

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Stephen L. Ward (Photo source: Mecklenburg County Jail) Stephen L. Ward (Photo source: Mecklenburg County Jail)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Police in Charlotte say a 40-year-old man is facing charges after he had sexual relations and took naked photos of a teenage girl inside a Charlotte area motel room.

According to a search warrant issued on Monday night, officers were called to the La Casa Hotel, on the 7900 block of Nations Ford Road, on Saturday morning around 9 a.m.

When officers arrived, a woman reported that her 14-year-old daughter had been involved in sexual relations with a man inside a hotel room.

The woman told officers that she had confronted 40-year-old Stephen L. Ward at the hotel after learning about the incident.

According to the warrant, the 14-year-old girl met Ward at the ImaginOn, in uptown Charlotte, on Friday. Ward then reportedly took the young teen to the La Casa Hotel to "have some alcoholic beverages."

The teen told detectives that the two had sexual relations and then Ward took nude photographs of her in sexually explicit poses inside the hotel room.

Ward then went to his computer and uploaded the photos, the warrant states.

According to the warrant, the girl's mother began to call her, so Ward drove her to a street near her home and dropped her off.

While being questioned by police on Monday, Ward admitted that he'd taken 15 nude photos of the girl on his camera and uploaded them to his laptop.

He told officers that he deleted the photos from his laptop after he was confronted by the girl's mother at the La Casa on Saturday.

According to the report, Ward admitted to investigators that he had taken nude photos of several other females with his camera in the past.

Ward was arrested on Monday night and is being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail under two counts of statutory rape and two counts of indecent liberties with a child.  He's being held on a $150,000 bond.

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