MOREHEAD CITY — Law enforcement officers have made an arrest in a case of child sexual assault that began with an investigation started July 26.

According to a Monday release from the Morehead City Police Department, officers have arrested Ivan Edilberto Lainez Fernandez, 47, of Somers, N.Y. He was charged with one count of statutory rape of a child less than or equal to 15 years of age, one count of sexual acts while acting as a substitute parent or guardian and one count of indecent liberties with a child.

Mr. Fernandez is being held in the Carteret County jail in Beaufort under a $1.5 million bond, according to the release.

Law enforcement said the case is still under investigation and no further information will be released at this time. 


Editor's note: This article and headline were last updated at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. 

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