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A man from Gold Hill has been charged with sex crimes involving an underaged girl

Matthew William Cokeley is being held under $25,000 bond.
Matthew William Cokeley is being held under $25,000 bond.(Rowan Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 10:18 AM EDT
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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Deputies in Rowan County arrested a Gold Hill man on Monday for a sex crime involving a minor.

Matthew William Cokeley, 31, was charged with statutory rape/sex offense with a 13, 14 or 15 year old by someone at least six years older.

Deputies say Cokeley’s victim was a 15-year-old girl who was known to him. The investigation began in March after the victim reported the incident.

Cokeley is being held under a bond of $25,000.

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