The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


January 23, 2014

New London man, 77, faces charges of rape of 5 year old

Thursday, January 23, 2014 — A 77-year-old New London man is charged with the rape of a 5-year-old child, court records show.

Wayne Arland Kent was arrested and charged with multiple sex offenses, including three counts of rape of a child, three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and three counts of crimes against nature, according to the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office.

The sex crimes occurred last year between Jan. 1-21, court records show.

It was not until Dec. 21 that the sheriff’s office was contacted about the incident.

Investigators charged Kent Saturday. He was jailed under a $325,000 secured bond and given a Feb. 3 court date.

Call Ritchie Starnes at (704) 982-2121 ext. 28 or email

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