68-Year-Old Man Charged With Statutory Rape

A Pantego man is accused of the statutory rape of a teenager.

Jurden Bell, Jr. is charged with statutory rape of a person who is 13,14, or 15 years old by a defendant who is at least six years older than the victim.

Beaufort County deputies say back in December they received a report from the Washington County Department of Social Services involving a sex offense that occurred in the Pantego area.

Deputies say they began an investigation and on Monday they received an arrest warrant for Bell.

They say additional charges are pending against the 68-year-old Bell, who had bond set at $50,000 secured.

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