Deputies Arrest Man For Statutory Rape Of 11-Year-Old

A man is under arrest for statutory rape involving an 11-year-old girl.

Matthew Cummings of Camp Lejeune is charged with first degree statutory rape, first degree statutory sexual offense, indecent liberities with a child, and crime against nature.

Onslow County deputies say the 20-year-old raped the child in her own home, while the mother slept in another bedroom. Deputies say Cummings got beer from the refrigerator where both he and the victim drank and became intoxicated.

Deputies got involved in the case when they were summoned to a local mental facility because the child was having suicidal tendencies due to the rape.

A news release lists Cummings' address as a barracks at Camp Lejeune, but it did not say whether Cummings was a Marine or a member of the U.S. Navy.

Cummings is in jail on a $200,000 secured bond and will go before a judge Tuesday morning.

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