LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. — A 21-year-old Gastonia man was arrested in connection to several child sex crimes following an investigation that was sparked after two underage girls received inappropriate messages.
On April 16, Lincoln County deputies say they received a report regarding obscene images and messages being sent to two minor children. During the investigation, both underage girls were interviewed at the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center where they shared that Joshua Tyler Gray had made inappropriate contact with them.
Both victims were known by the suspect, according to deputies. One victim disclosed that Gray encouraged her to leave her home with him in the middle of the night on multiple occasions. Deputies say they drove to various locations where Gray is accused of having sex with her before driving her back home.
Gray is charged with felony statutory rape, felony indecent liberties with a child, felony 2nd degree kidnapping, felony disseminating obscenities, misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and two counts of misdemeanor disseminating material harmful to minors, according to deputies. Gray was arrested Saturday by the Gaston County Police Department. He was taken before a Gaston County magistrate and placed in the Gaston County Jail under a $500,000 secured bond.