LENOIR — A 53-year-old man has been charged with a felonious sex act with a child after he was observed inappropriately touching the juvenile.

John Joseph Byrd, Jr., of Lenoir, was jailed Monday, Nov. 22 after a witness saw him engaged in the alleged misconduct with a child 13 or under. The incident occurred Sunday. Byrd has been charged with felony child abuse — sexual act. He was jailed under a $75,000 secured bond, according to Detective Lt. Shelly Hartley of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident remains under investigation.