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Rockwell man added to most wanted list for sex offenses

Wanted

James “Jimmy” Wesley Barnes

SALISBURY — The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office has added a Rockwell man to its most-wanted list after investigating reports that a child was sexually assaulted earlier this month.

Investigators determined that a child under age 15 was assaulted several times.

Arrest warrants were issued for 37-year-old James “Jimmy” Wesley Barnes.

Barnes is wanted on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor; taking indecent liberties with a minor; second-degree kidnapping; statutory sex offense; and statutory rape.

Attempts to locate Barnes have not been successful. Investigators were told that he may be in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, area.

Anyone with information about Barnes is asked to contact Lt. Chad Moose at 704-216-8687, Detective Ryan Barkley at 704-216-8739 or CrimeStoppers 866-639-5245.

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