Man charged with child sex assault in Lincoln County, jailed under $20,000 bond

Man charged with child sex assault in Lincoln County, jailed under $20,000 bond
Erick Richard Cardenas, 30, was interviewed at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and admitted to the sexual assault, deputies say. (Source: Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A man has been charged with child sex assault in Lincoln County and is in jail under a $20,000 bond.

The child sexual assault happened earlier this year, officials say.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report on Oct. 22 about the sexual assault of a child following an interview of a 14-year-old girl at the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center.

During the interview, the victim disclosed the sexual assault.

Deputies say the incident happened at a home the victim was visiting. The victim and suspect did not know each other.

Erick Richard Cardenas, 30, was interviewed at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and admitted to the sexual assault, deputies say.

Cardenas was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate where he was charged with indecent liberties with a child and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond.

He will have a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on Nov. 20.

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