A man remains in the Wilkes County Jail with his bond set at $1 million after being arrested on one count each of first-degree kidnapping and statutory rape of a child age 13, 14 or 15.

Carlos Garcia Aquino, 23, is also charged with two counts of statutory sex offense against a person age 13, 14 or 15 and three counts of indecent liberties, said Det. Amanda Boyd of the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office, investigator in the case. Boyd said Aquino’s last listed address is on Somers Road in southeastern Wilkes.

The charges involve one victim, who is a female. Boyd said the investigation resulted from the victim and her family reporting incidents to the sheriff’s office. She added that the victim was known to Aquino before the offenses occurred, all in January.

Boyd said Aquino was charged with kidnapping as a result of the investigation determining he “encouraged the victim to sneak out of her house and took her to a third location without parental knowledge for sexual acts,” and then sexually assaulted her.

She said officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department arrested Aquino on the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office charges as he was leaving a mall in that city on May 24.

The sheriff’s office was looking for Aquino and had contacted Winston-Salem police about him possibly being there, said Boyd, adding that the sheriff’s office identified him as the person being sought after he was taken into custody.

She said the investigation is continuing and people with information they think is relevant are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 336-903-7600.

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