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Concord man convicted of sexual activity with child he met at Bible school

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A Concord man will spend nearly twenty years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a child he met at a vacation bible school.

Ruben Ramirez Farias of Concord was convicted on Wednesday in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court of felony statutory rape/sex offense and felony indecent liberties with a child, according to Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook.

Judge Anna Mills Wagoner sentenced Farias to a minimum of 144 months to a maximum of 233 months in prison.  Farias was further ordered to register as a sex offender and submit to satellite based monitoring for his lifetime.

It was revealed in court that the child victim, who was 13 years of age at the time, reported to her family that she had attended vacation bible school at a church in the summer of 2015. 

During that time, the girl reported that she met Farias, who was a volunteer at the church.  Farias began having communication with the girl, which led to him telling her that he loved her. 

Farias told the child victim that he would leave his wife for her, according to prosecutors.

During the summer of 2015, Farias met with the victim and engaged in sexual activity.  Afterwards, Farias told the victim that he wanted to have a baby with her when she turned 16. 

Once her family contacted law enforcement, the girl disclosed in a forensic interview what happened to her which was consistent with the information she initially reported. 

Law enforcement also collected text messages between Farias and the child victim that corroborated the child victim’s statements. 

Farias informed police that he knew the child victim but that they were only friends.

Cook stated that she appreciated the dedication of Assistant District Attorney Paxton Butler and the thorough investigation conducted by the Kannapolis Police Department.  Cook stated that her office continues to be committed to aggressively prosecuting offenders who take advantage of children.

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