Crime & Courts

Former South Iredell High special education teacher faces sex assault charge

A former special education teacher in Iredell County is out of jail after being accused of sexual assault.

Allen Sloop Lowrance, 65, has been charged with 20 counts of second-degree sex offense, according to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. He was jailed under a $50,000 bond, but was no longer in custody late Tuesday morning.

The sheriff’s office said it received a report last month from a former student of Lowrance who said they had been abused in the 1970s at South Iredell High. Lowrance was a special education teacher at South Iredell High between 1974 and 1977, the sheriff’s office said.

Detectives obtained and executed a search warrant at a property on Rolling Hills Road in Mooresville, where they seized several items. Investigators also interviewed several witnesses, the sheriff’s office said.

During the investigation, the sheriff’s office said the victim disclosed information about “new incidents of sexual abuse by Lowrance” between last December and October. It is those incidents that led to the new charges.

The sheriff’s office said its investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the case is asked to cal Iredell Detective Sgt. Mike Benfield at 704-878-3180.

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