Joseph Brannock, a candidate for Hickory Ward 5 alderman, was charged on Friday with taking indecent liberties with a child, according to authorities.
The age and gender of the child was not immediately available.
Brannock, 37, was in jail under $40,000, according to the Catawba County Sheriffs Office,. He was also charged with driving with no registration, operating a vehicle with no insurance, driving with a revoked license and failure to reduce speed.
His first court appearance is Monday.
The Hickory Daily Record has reported that Brannock worked for former Republican Congressman Cass Ballenger and later for GOP Sen. Richard Burr as the senators Western Regional Director. Later, Brannock took on a role in a family-owned business with his brother, the paper reported.
The alderman race is a non-partisan one.