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Registered sex offender faces child sex charge

Registered sex offender faces child sex charge

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LINCOLNTON — A registered sex offender received a child sex charge Thursday after investigators said he inappropriately touched a child.

Austin Michael Fredell, 23, of West Sycamore Street, Lincolnton, was charged with felony indecent liberties with a minor, according to a release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

The charge came after LCSO received a report April 28 of a female victim between the ages of 5 and 8 who was touched inappropriately by someone who knew her, the release said.

The alleged crime occurred on Woodgate Lane north of Lincolnton, the release said.

Fredell was convicted in March 2014 of attempted second-degree rape. He was sentenced to more than eight years in prison, but he was released in August 2016 and put on the N.C. Sex Offender Registry, the release said.

His bond for the new charge was set at $50,000.

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