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Cumberland County man accused of child abuse

Posted November 6, 2009 5:26 p.m. EST
Updated November 6, 2009 5:39 p.m. EST

— A Cumberland County man has been charged with nine counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.

Deputies said Ronnie Collins, 51, of 8612 N.C. Highway 210 South in Autryville, was arrested Friday.

Investigators said Collins’ 11-year-old victim claims the encounters occurred between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30

The victim said Collins would give her a back massage and would move his hands to inappropriate areas of her body. She said this happened on numerous occasions while she was a visitor in his home.

Collins was being held Friday under a $90,000 secured bond in the Cumberland County Detention Center.

He is expected to make a first court appearance on Monday.