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Man confesses to raping young neighbor seven years after assault

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LINCOLN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

A Gaston County man has been arrested after a 13-year-old girl from New York says he raped her seven years ago when they were neighbors in Lincoln County.

According to police, the teenage girl, who now lives in New York, came forward late last year after taking a health class at school on sexual assaults.  She told her school counselor and then police.

She told police there that she was raped in 2007 by her 16-year-old neighbor in Vale, NC. At the time, the girl was just 7-years-old and the suspect, Jonathon Ray Campbell, was 16.

Campbell, now 23, was brought to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office where he reportedly failed a polygraph test about the incident and then confessed.

Campbell was taken into custody and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. 

He is expected to be in court on Monday.

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