The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office released information today regarding an investigation into a case involving statutory rape.
On June 29th, the Alexander County Sheriffs Office received a report from the County Department of Social Services. The report was in reference to the possible sexual abuse of a 14 year old. Following an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, The United States Marine Corps, Lincolnton Police, and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, charges were filed. The United States Marines are involved in the investigation because the suspect was a member of the Corps at the time of the alleged incident in Alexander County
21 year old Austin Ryan Marlow of Lincolnton was arrested on August 2nd and charged with statutory rape of a child less than 15 years old where the defendant is more than 6 years older than the child, and indecent liberties with a child. Marlow has also been charged in Lincoln County in a separate case with statutory rape.
Marlow is being held in the Lincoln County Detention Center and had a court appearance on August 9th.