Statesville man accused of sexually assaulting 5-year-old girl

- A Statesville man is in jail after police say he sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl. 

The Iredell County Sheriff's Office said a report was filed involving the sexual abuse of a child by a family member. 

The case was assigned to Detective C. M. Benfield with the Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit for follow up investigation. 

The child was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. During the interview, the child disclosed that she had been sexually assaulted by Charles Douglas Franklin, 48.

Deputies obtained statements from additional witnesses, as well as gathered information from Iredell County Department of Social Services.

As a result of the investigation, warrants were obtained for Franklin for one count of First Degree Sex Offense with a Child. 

Franklin is currently being held in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $100,000 secure bond.

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