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Marion Man Charged with Multiple Child Sex Offenses

Detective Billie Brown of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Leon Ward Jr., 41, of Rockhouse Road in Marion, with two counts of first-degree sex offense of a child and one count of first-degree rape of a child.

He was taken into custody in lieu of a $400,000 bond.

Brown said the victim was a 9-year-old acquaintance of Ward’s, and the incidents allegedly occurred between May 7 and July 16.


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