Maiden man charged with sexual battery

A Maiden man has been charged with sexual battery in connection to an incident that occurred Thursday.

Floyd Benson Hicks, 61, of 4687 South Oliver’s Crossroads, Maiden, turned himself in at the Lincolnton Police Department late Monday night on a warrant issued by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigators.

The 15-year-old victim, whose name was not released, said she agreed to ride with the suspect on his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and they went to the Rock Springs Campground in Denver.

Hicks is accused of inappropriately touching the teenager while in one of the tents at the campground.

Hicks and the victim were not related but did know each other.

Hicks was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate on a misdemeanor sexual battery charge and released on a $2,500 secured bond.