S.C. Man Charged With Multiple Sex Crimes Involving Children Over 20 Years Ago In Gaston County

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — A man has been charged with multiple sex crimes involving children in cases that occurred over 20 years ago in Gaston County.

Jose Armando Cena-Maritnez, 74, of Clover, South Carolina, is charged with three felony counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child.

Jose Armando Cena-Maritnez

The offenses occurred in 1998, when the victims ranged from ages 5 through 9.  The Gaston County Police Department initiated an investigation in June 2019.

Cerna-Martinez was arrested at his residence in Clover on September 19th, 2019, and was extradited to North Carolina on September 24th, 2019.

Gaston County detectives are still investigating and anyone with information is asked to call Detective M. Rheinson at 704-866-3320 or Crimestoppers at 704-861-8000.