Carrboro man faces more statutory sex offense charges, police say

Carlos Alberto Morales Lopez
Carlos Alberto Morales Lopez

New charges have been filed against a Carrboro man accused of statutory rape, police say.

Carlos Alberto Morales Lopez, 30, was charged Thursday with additional statutory sex offenses and one count of burglary stemming from another case, Carrboro police say.

He initially was arrested March 1 and charged with statutory rape, police said. He was apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Service Taskforce.

The reported victims in both cases were younger than 15, police say. In North Carolina the legal age of consent is 16 years old.

Morales Lopez was being held in the Orange County jail under $500,000 secured bail. The new charges resulted in his bail being increased to $800,000, according to police.

When Morales Lopez was first arrested, some Carrboro residents thought it was a federal immigration operation, police said.

Carrboro police spokesman Chris Atack said some people were concerned that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were present at the arrest. The taskforce is made up of various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and focuses on arresting dangerous fugitives, he said.

Police said they were releasing a photo of Morales Lopez in case there are additional incidents that have not been reported to law enforcement. They are asking the public to contact Carrboro police at 919-918-7379 with any additional information about Morales Lopez.