Crime & Courts

Statesville area man faces more sexual abuse charges

Authorities have charged a 65-year-old Statesville area man with 48 more counts of first-degree sexual offense against a child after a third woman came forward to report abuse from when she was a girl.

Michael Thomas Chambers faces a total of 156 counts of the charge, Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell said. Chambers was in the Iredell County jail under $3 million bail Friday.

The latest victim was in elementary school when she was assaulted from 1980 to 1983, the sheriff said. Chambers was a family friend, the victim reported. Joe Marusak