Sheriff Darren Campbell stated A report was filed with the Sheriff’s Office in reference to a teenager less than 16 being sexually abused by a family friend. The case was then sent to the Special Victims Unit and it was assigned to Detective Sgt. C M Benfield. The child was taken to the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center for a Forensic Interview. Additional witnesses were identified and interviewed and additional evidence was collected. As a result of the investigation, Michael Bennett, 50, was arrested and charged with 8 counts of Statutory Rape of a Child and 4 counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child. Bennett placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $250,000.00 secured bond.