35-year-old Matthew Paul Starnes of Hickory was arrested in Caldwell County February 26, 2021. According to a news release issued today (April 12) by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, he was charged on warrants from Alexander County with one felony count apiece of statutory sex offense with a child by an adult and indecent liberties with a child. Starnes also faces charges on outstanding warrants from Catawba County.
He was transferred to the Alexander County Detention Center last Thursday (April 8) where he was jailed under a $150,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today. A District Court date is next Monday (April 19).