NC man faces numerous sex charges involving teen, police say

Jeffrey Howard McGowan in a photo from Fayetteville Police.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A Carthage man was charged with various sex crimes after police say he was sexually involved with a teen.

The investigation began Monday  between detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Youth Services Unit and detectives with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, Fayetteville Police said.

On February 12  detectives were notified of incidents that occurred between February 2015 and August 2015, involving a man and a 15-year-old acquaintance, Fayetteville Police said.

A joint investigation between FPD detectives and the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office led Sampson County detectives to arrest Jeffrey Howard McGowan, 33, of the 200 block of Minor Road in Carthage, at a location in Sampson County on Monday, police said.

McGowan is charged with 12 counts of Statutory Rape, one count of Statutory Sex Offense, and 13 counts of Indecent Liberties with a Minor.

McGowan is being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center with no bond.

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