James Robert Tewell

Sheriff: South Iredell man faces 82 felony charges following sexual assault investigation

Posted at 12:36 PM on Dec 1, 2016

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

A South Iredell man who was charged with a single count of statutory rape on Saturday, Nov. 26, now faces dozens of additional charges as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Iredell County Sheriff' Office.

Following an initial investigation into allegations that James Robert Tewell, 44, sexually abused a female relative between 2013 and 2016 — and Tewell's arrest, the case was assigned to Detective Sgt. Amy Dyson of the ICSO Special Victims Unit, Sheriff Darren Campbell said in a news release.

Campbell said the child was taken to the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center, which specializes in the investigation of child sexual abuse, where an interview was conducted. Several additional witnesses were also identified and interviewed, according to the news release.

As a result of the investigation, Tewell, who lives on Starwood Drive in the Mooresville area, was charged with an additional 34 counts of statutory rape, 35 counts of statutory sex offense, one count of rape of a child by an adult offender, one count of sexual offense with a child by an adult offender, five counts of second-degree rape, and five counts of second-degree sexual offense, Campbell said.

Tewell, who was being held in the Iredell County Detention Center in lieu of a $100,000 secure bond, was served with the new charges and given an additional $500,000 secure bond.

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