31-year-old Paulino Chavez Lopez was arrested today (February 9) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony first-degree statutory rape. Court records also show that Lopez is charged with felony counts of statutory sex offense with a child by an adult and first-degree kidnapping.
According to the Burke County Police to Citizen website, Lopez was arrested at approximately 12:30 this afternoon. He was being held in jail in Morganton under $500,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 1 for the rape, sex offense, and kidnapping charges.