On Thursday, June 29th, 2017, Investigators from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Alexander County Department of Social Services regarding possible sex abuse to a 14 year old. Through an ongoing investigation in conjunction with Alexander County DSS, Investigators for the United States Marine Corps Base – Camp Lejeune, Investigators from Lincolnton Police Department, and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, it was learned that the suspect in this case was 21 year old Austin Ryan MARLOW, W/M, DOB: 06/26/1996 of Lincolnton. In a joint effort with Lincolnton Police Department, Mr. MARLOW was charged on Wednesday 08/02/2017, by Investigators at Alexander County Sheriff’s Office with 1 count “Statutory Rape Of A Child Less Than 15 Years Old Where The Defendant Is More Than 6 Years Older Than The Child” and 1 count of “Indecent Liberties With A Child”. He was also charged by Investigators at Lincolnton Police Department with 1 count of Statutory Rape Of A Child Where The Defendant Is More Than 4 But Less Than 6 Years Older Than The Child. He was taken into at the Lincolnton County Sheriff’s Office where he was placed under a $245,480.00 Secured Bond. Mr. MARLOW had his First Appearance on Wednesday, 08/09/2017 in District Court in Lincolnton. Mr. MARLOW was also served with an Order For Arrest for Failure To Appear on Prostitution charges by Onslow County. The Onslow County charge is not related to this case.