A North Carolina man accused of keeping a child in sexual servitude since 2015 appeared in court Monday.
Anthony Nealy, 31, of Third Street in Kings Mountain, made his first appearance in Cleveland County District Court after being arrested Friday by Kings Mountain Police.
Nealy is accused of keeping a girl under the age of 12 as a sex slave, taking her to different locations and of raping the child. According to warrants, this began in January 2015.
Court documents also indicate that the two knew each other.
In court, Nealy appeared via video. During the hearing, he began to ask Cleveland County District Court Judge Meredith Shuford for a bond reduction. She interrupted him before he could finish his sentence.
"I'm not going to modify your bond today," Shuford said.
The primary purpose of a first appearance hearing is to make sure defendants are assigned attorneys.
Nealy is charged with sexual servitude with a child victim, child abuse including a sexual act, rape of a child by an adult, statutory sex offense with child by an adult and human trafficking with a child victim.
He is in Cleveland County Jail on a $500,000 bond.