Red Springs man charged with rape

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    RED SPRINGS — A 37-year-old Red Springs man was recently charged with multiple felony sexual offenses after allegedly assaulting a minor, according to the Red Springs Police Department.

    Marcelo Barahona Ruiz, of North Main Street, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree statutory rape, first-degree statutory sexual offense and indecent liberties with a child, according to the police department. He was placed in the Robeson County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond.

    Officers responded Friday at 8:32 p.m. to a domestic call in progress on the 500 block of North Main Street.

    Investigators were told by the victim’s mother that she had confronted Ruiz and that he admitted to having sexual contact with the 11-year-old female victim, according to the police department.

    “The investigation is far from over,” said Red Springs police Lt. Christopher McManus. “We are still investigating this case and potentially more charges will be stemming from this incident. We will be working in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies to ensure that justice is served, and that the victim and her family remain safe.”

    “We will remain steadfast in our commitment to protect and serve our community,” McManus added.

    Red Springs Chief of Police Brent Adkins called the incident “tragic and horrifying” for the victim and her family.

    “No person, especially a child should ever have to go through this,” Adkins said in a statement. “I am thankful that she is recovering at her home currently. I know that she has a long road ahead of her with emotional and physical healing and we will be working closely with the victim and her family to make sure that they get the help they need such as counseling, therapy, etc.”

    Adkins also commended officers and investigators for their work in the case.

    “They handled this incident with love and compassion for the victim and her family,” Adkins said.

    “Their dedication to protect and serve the citizens of Red Springs is unlike anything I have ever seen, and I am truly thankful for what they do for our town,” he added.