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STATESVILLE, NC (WBTV) -
A Statesville man was sentenced Friday to seven years in state prison on child sex abuse charges.
Marshal Lee Eller 51, of Statesville, was arrested and charged with numerous felony charges, according to a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.
The sentence is a result of an investigation which began back in November of 2008 by members of the Special Victims Unit.
In November of 2008, a juvenile female reported a sexual assault to a school resource officer.
The child was interviewed at the Dove House Child Advocacy Center. At that point in 2008, another female victim came forward and was also interviewed by investigators with the Special Victims Unit. Eller was arrested and charged with numerous felony charges, according to the release.
In 2012, an additional female victim was located and interviewed about a sexual assault which she was involved in several years ago with Marshall Eller. The suspect was charged with additional felony charges in this matter.
The trial started on Monday in Iredell County Superior Court, and lasted until 2:15 pm Friday when a jury returned a guilty verdict on 16 counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child. The jury found Eller not guilty on one other charge.
The suspect was taken into custody by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office and is awaiting transfer to the North Carolina Department of Corrections.