Authorities have charged a 73-year-old Statesville man with raping a child.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office said the victim recently filed a report of sexual assaults that happened between 2000 and 2003 in western Iredell County.
Authorities said the suspect in the case, Willard Lee Auton, is related to the victim, who was a child at the time of the crimes.
After an investigation, detectives obtained warrants for Auton’s arrest on Thursday. He’s charged with six counts of indecent liberties with a child, three counts of a first-degree sex offense with a child and one count of first-degree rape of a child.
Auton was being held in Iredell County jail under a $150,000 bond.
The Sheriff’s Office said Auton may face more charges. The investigation is ongoing.