On Tuesday, July 11, 2023 detectives with the Gaston County Police Criminal Investigations Unit and F.A.S.T. (Fugitive Apprehension and Suspect Tracking) team members served a search warrant and arrested Steven Ray Stafford, age 53, at his residence, 101 Stoneys Dr. Gastonia, NC. Stafford has been charged with ten (10) felony counts of Indecent Liberties with a Minor, one (1) felony count of Statutory Sex Offense with a Child under age 13 and one (1) felony count of Sell/Delivery of a Controlled Substance. He is currently being held at the Gaston County Jail without bond pending a first appearance in District Court.
The charges in this case stem from an investigation of child sexual abuse involving a child living in the same neighborhood as Stafford that was reported to the County Police in June 2023.
The Gaston County Police would like to thank our partner public safety agencies, the Gaston County District Attorney’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Gaston County Child Advocacy Center for their assistance in this investigation.
Although Steven Ray Stafford is in custody, the investigation into this case is on-going. Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to contact the Gaston County Police at 704-866-3320 or Crimestoppers at 704-861-8000. A Crimestoppers reward of up to $1,000 is available for information pertinent to the investigation. There is no further information available at this time.