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Ohio Chick-fil-A Owner Accused of Driving 400 Miles to North Carolina to Sexually Abuse 15-Year-Old

Stacy Lee Austin was charged with statutory sexual offense with a child

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Stacey Lee Austin

The owner of an Ohio Chick-fil-A was arrested after authorities alleged he drove over 400 miles to North Carolina to have sex with a 15-year-old.

Stacy Lee Austin, 49, was charged with statutory sexual offense with a child, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said.

Police said they responded to a home on a report of breaking and entering Tuesday. When they arrived, the resident allegedly told police that he found Austin with his 15-year-old child.

The sheriff’s office alleged that Austin had communicated with the alleged victim on a social media app and had arranged to pick the child up. Police said they found Austin’s underwear in a bathroom trash can along with some of the alleged victim’s clothes.

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Upon interviewing Austin, police claim he admitted to the sexual acts and said he feared losing his job.

It’s not immediately clear if Austin has retained an attorney or entered a plea. 

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to be connected to a certified crisis counselor.

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