Hickory man charged with kidnapping, sexual exploitation of minor

Published 11:31 am Tuesday, March 16, 2021

SALISBURY — A Hickory man stopped at an Alexander County traffic checkpoint last week faces local sex and kidnapping charges in connection with an investigation that started in January.

Maynor Javier Yanes Basquez, 32, of Hickory, had already been charged with felony kidnapping, statutory rape, first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree exploitation of a minor by Rowan County Sheriff’s Office when he was stopped by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office.

Alexander County officers allegedly found drugs on Basquez and charged him with felony possession of a schedule two controlled substance, felony possession of a schedule one controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession fo drug paraphernalia.

Maj. John Sifford of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said local officers began investigating Basquez in connection to the sex offense and kidnapping charges after a Jan. 18 incident when a Rowan County teenager traveled to Hickory with him, unbeknownst to her parents.

The Hickory Police Department located Basquez and charged him with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

When investigating, Sifford said Rowan County officers found Basquez had met the girl before. He was already out on a $100,000 bond when he was arrested in Alexander County. He is now being held on a $1 million bond.

About Carl Blankenship

Carl Blankenship has covered education for the Post since December 2019. Before coming to Salisbury he was a staff writer for The Avery Journal-Times in Newland and graduated from Appalachian State University in 2017, where he was editor of The Appalachian.

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