Sheriff Darren Campbell stated on December 14, 2015 a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s office in reference to a child being assaulted by an acquaintance. The report was assigned to Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson of the Special Victim’s Unit. The assaults occurred from 2003 until 2008 and at the time the assaults occurred the child was between the ages of 5-9. The child was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. Several additional witnesses were identified and interviewed, and as a result of the investigation, Joseph Francis Sexton, 54, was charged with one count of Indecent Liberties with a Child and four counts of First Degree Sex Offense with a Child. Sexton was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $225,000.00 secure bond.