Police in Salisbury charge two with sex crimes involving children

Police in Salisbury charge two with sex crimes involving children
Clayton Briggs, 67, was charged on Friday. (Source: Salisbury Police)

SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) - Two men have been recently charged by Salisbury Police with sex crimes involving children.

On Friday, police charged Clayton J. Briggs, 67, with three counts of statutory rape/sex offense and four counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

The charges stemmed from an investigation at the Rowan Sheriff’s Office that began on December 5. Arrest warrants were issued on Thursday of last week following extensive interviews, forensic interviews, and consultation with the Rowan District Attorney’s Office. The warrants were served on Briggs on Friday by SPD.

According to the report, the incidents happened over a period of three to four years. The alleged victim is under the age of 10.

Briggs was an unsuccessful candidate for the office of Mayor in Cooleemee in the 2019 election.

In a separate case, police charged Alejandro Gonzales Lopez, 44, with first degree statutory rape, statutory sex offense, and taking indecent liberties with a child.

The case involving Lopez was conducted by investigators with the Salisbury Police Department.

No additional details were released.

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