Crime & Courts

Two girls, ages 7 and 9, sexually assaulted in Independence Park, police say

A 43-year-old man is in jail after someone called 911 Sunday and reported that he had seen the man sexually assaulting two girls, ages 7 and 9, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said.

Detectives said the suspect, Ivan Dawkins, was supposed to be caring for the girls at the time of the assault, which police said happened just after 8 p.m. in Independence Park, which is at the western end of the Elizabeth neighborhood.

Dawkins has been charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Public records show Dawkins does not have a history of criminal charges of child abuse or neglect in North Carolina.

Jane Wester: 704-358-5128, @janewester