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5/12/2022 2:13:00 PM
Alexis Man Arrested On Child Sexual Assault Charges
Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Lincoln County Sheriff's
Office Press Release

LINCOLNTON, N.C. – An Alexis man was arrested last night following a missing person search by Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies.

On May 11, 2022 at approximately 12:30 p.m. the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a man sexually abusing a female juvenile. When he was confronted about the allegations by non-law enforcement personnel he fled into a heavily wooded area off Land’s End Trail near Mount Zion Church Road.

A missing person’s report was entered for Gabriel Aaron Bosworth, 38, of Land’s End Trail, Alexis, NC because there was concern that he may try to harm himself and because of the complaint filed against him. Members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Drone and Land Search team, the Criminal Investigations division, and SWAT team responded to the scene to assist in the search.

Around 7:45 p.m. searchers located Bosworth, who was armed with a handgun, in the wooded area off Mount Zion Church Road. Officers began negotiating with the suspect and during the negotiations Bosworth was subdued by search personnel with no injuries.

Bosworth was transported to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed. He was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and charged with two felony counts of statutory sex offense with a child and felony indecent liberties with a minor. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center and is under a $375,000 secured bond.

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