An Orange County man has been arrested on sex charges involving a 14-year-old girl.

Ronald Lee Bowers Jr., 27, is charged with three felony counts of carnal knowledge with a child, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and distributing marijuana.

According to a release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Becky Jones began an investigation in July after receiving a tip. A grand jury indicted Bowers on Sept. 23 and he was taken into custody Tuesday.

The three felony charges against Bowers each carries a potential penalty of between two and 10 years in prison. The other charges are all misdemeanors that carry maximum penalties of 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Court records indicate that all of the alleged offenses occurred in May. Bowers is being held in the Central Virginia Regional Jail under no bond.

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—Staff report

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