Iredell County man charged in sexual assaults of boy over six years

A 73-year-old northern Iredell County man has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a boy for six years.

Grady Samuel Hicks was charged with 16 counts of first-degree sex offense with a child and two counts of sexual offense with a child by an adult offender. He was jailed on a $750,000 bail.

Sheriff Darren Campbell said the investigation started Dec. 30 when the father of the victim filed a report with the sheriff’s office, saying his child had been assaulted years ago but was now coming forward at age 17.

The youth told investigators he was assaulted from age 5 to 11, Campbell said.

Anyone with more information about Hicks is asked to call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180.