The Latest (10/22/21):
A 27-year-old Dallas man is facing additional charges for sex offenses involving children after another victim came forward following the suspect’s initial arrest, according to Gaston County police.
Police have charged Matthew Ponder with one felony count of indecent liberties with a child and one felony count of 1st degree sex offense with a minor.
According to police, the investigation and resulting charges stem from another victim coming forward after Ponder was charged and arrested with multiple sex offenses against children last week.
Ponder is currently in custody at the Gaston County Jail under a $1.5 million secured bond.
Original Story (10/14/21):
DALLAS, N.C. — Gaston County Police have charged a 27-year-old man for sex offenses involving children after officers received a complaint of sexual abuse taking place inside a home in Dallas, N.C.
Matthew Ponder of Dallas, N.C. is charged with two felony counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child, one felony count of Statutory Rape of a Child, one felony count of 1st Degree Statutory Sex Offense with a Child, one felony count of Incest with a Child under the age of 13, and one felony count of Sex Act on a Minor by Substitute Parent/Custodian for his involvement, according to a news release.
The Gaston County Department of Social Services made the report of sexual abuse going on in the home to police.
Authorities say Ponder is currently being held in the Gaston County Jail under a $1 million secured bond.
The investigation into this case is active and ongoing.
Police ask anyone with more information to call Detective R.L. Smith at 704-866-3320 or leave an anonymous tip with Crimestoppers at 704-861-8000.