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Pitt County men accused of sex with 13-year-old

PITT COUNTY - Two Pitt County men are charged with statutory rape for allegedly having sex with the same 13-year-old girl, investigators said.

According to the Pitt County Sheriff's Office, 31-year-old Rodolfo Zavala-Ayala (pictured left) and 29-year-old Efrin Higinio Hernandez-Garcia were arrested on Thursday. Each is being jailed under a $1 million bond.

Officials with Pitt County Schools contacted the Sheriff's Office after they became suspicious of a 13-year-old student's relationship with an older man (who was not affiliated with the school system).

The 13-year-old later revealed during an interview that she had sex with two men, the Sheriff's Office said.

Hernandez-Garcia, of Greenville, has been charged with two counts of statutory rape. He denied any contact with the teen, but deputies found 23 topless photos of the victim on his phone, according to investigators. Hernandez-Garcia has also been charged with 30 counts of third-degree exploitation of a minor.

Zavala-Ayala, also of Greenville, has been charged with four counts of statutory rape even though he only admitted to having sex with the 13-year-old one time, said the Sheriff's Office. Deputies said they found photos of the teen on Zavala-Ayala's phone as well.


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