Man charged with sexually abusing teens

Rodrigo Valdez

A Marion man is behind bars after authorities say he sexually molested two teens.

Detective Billie Brown of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Rodrigo Valdez, 34, of Old Highway 10 West in Marion, with two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and one count of statutory sex offense. All are felonies.

It is alleged that Valdez had inappropriate sexual contact with a 13-year-old male and a 14-year-old female on July 11. Both victims are acquaintances of the suspect.

Valdez’ has prior assault, cocaine trafficking and DWI convictions. He was taken into custody in lieu of a $160,000 bond.