Cleveland County man accused of raping 13-year-old

Eric Gene Hallman is accused of raping a 13-year-old child several times over the past three years. 

A Cleveland County man is accused of raping a teen, the Sheriff's Office says. 

Eric Gene Hallman, 42, has been charged with statutory rape, indecent liberties and sex offense of a child after an investigation showed that he was acquainted with a 13-year-old who was reportedly raped and sexually abused several times, beginning in 2016. 

“It is sad that a man would prey on a young child like this. These types of cases anger and upset me and leave me not knowing what to say. My prayers are with this child and her family," Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman said. 

Hallman is being held on a $100,000 bond in the Cleveland County Detention Center.