FROM STAFF REPORTS

A Concord man was charged on Wednesday with sexually abusing a child in Statesville in 2019.

The Statesville Police Department announced the arrest of Steven Joseph Borek, 60, in a news release Friday afternoon.

The SPD opened an investigation in December of 2019 after being alerted to a possible sex abuse case involving a young victim. The initial investigation included an interview of the child at Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. However, due to the age of the child and the information disclosed at that time, charges were not filed at the time.

In June of 2024, Iredell County Department of Social Services staff contacted the SPD with new information from the victim. The child was interviewed again at Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center and the investigation was reopened.

Following an investigation, SPD investigators obtained warrants for Borek’s arrest.

The SPD sought the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Services – Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and apprehend Borek.

On Wednesday, U.S. Marshals located Borek in a travel camper at a Pilot gas station in Rowan County. After a standoff, U.S. Marshals, with the assistance of Rowan County Sheriff’s Office personnel, forced entry into the camper and found Borek inside, suffering from a self-inflicted knife wound.

Borek was transported to Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for medical treatment.

Borek has been charged with six counts of first-degree statutory sex offense and six counts of indecent liberties with a minor. He will be taken into custody when he is released from the hospital.

The SPD expressed its gratitude to the U.S. Marshals Services – Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force and Rowan County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case.

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