Man facing dozens of counts of statutory rape, deputies say

This is still an active investigation, according to deputies
Austin David Talbert
Austin David Talbert(Rowan County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Aug. 19, 2022 at 1:42 PM EDT
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SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) - Rowan County Sheriff’s Office has charged a 20-year-old with dozens of counts of various child sex crimes.

Deputies say they recently arrested Austin David Talbert, 20, during an investigation they say is ongoing.

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The offenses involve a 13-year-old girl, according to law enforcement. They say Talbert agreed to take her to school and did not.

His charges include 40 counts of statutory rape of a child, 40 counts of indecent liberties with a child, and 1 count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for crimes that allegedly happened over four months.

He is being held on a $400,000 secured bond.