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Durham man accused of sex crimes with 10-year-old child in Orange County, sheriff says

Investigators in Orange County have arrested a man accused of sex crimes with a 10-year-old child.

Orange County deputies apprehended Reyes Rivera-Zapata, 43, of Durham, Friday and charged him with one count of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree statutory sex offense, and two counts of indecent liberties with a minor, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

The incident happened during a sleepover, the release says.

The child, whose sex was not reported in the release, told a friend the incident happened while spending the night at a friend’s house, investigators say. The friend’s parents reported it to the child’s school, who subsequently alerted law enforcement, the release says.

The child underwent a Child Medical Exam, which investigators said includes checking for trauma or injury, screening for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy when applicable, and a forensic interview designed to avoid “damaging any possible legal case through adult suggestion or leading questions,” according to the release.

Rivera-Zapata was being held in the Orange County jail under a $100,000 bail. He was released after posting bail Saturday.

During his first appearance Monday, he was placed under the supervision of a pre-trial release program. He also was ordered to have no contact with the child and the child’s family and also to stay more than one mile from their home.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 919-245-2900.

Joe Johnson is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer. He most recently covered towns in western Wake County and Chatham County. Before that, he covered high school sports for The Herald-Sun.
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