Man facing additional charges in Iredell Co sex assault involving child

Man facing additional charges in Iredell Co sex assault involving child

IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - An Iredell County man who is accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl in July is facing additional charges in the incident.

According to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, Brentley Jason Byers, 28, reportedly sexually assaulted the alleged victim between July 21 and July 22 at a home on Olin Loop Road. Byers was arrested and charged with statutory rape of child by adult and given a $1,000,000 bond.

On Tuesday, deputies filed more charges against Byers for one count of felony statutory sex offense with a child and one count of felony child abuse inflicting serious injury.

Byers was reportedly left alone with the 7-year-old and three other children, and a family member came to pick up two of the other children on the evening of July 21, deputies say.

The mother of the 7-year-old girl said she left for work at 7 a.m. on July 21 and returned around 1 p.m. the next day to find her daughter sitting in the chair with blood on her. That's when the girl said she had been sexually assaulted.

"Indications were that the crime occurred during the night when only two small children and the suspect were in the home," deputies say.

Evidence found in the home, including clothing in the washing machine, was consistent with a sexual assault, deputies say.

The 7-year-old went to Iredell County EMS and later to Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston Salem. Deputies say the child will likely need surgery due to the extent of her injuries.

"The victim has suffered extensive injuries from the assault," deputies say.

Byers was given an additional $1,000,000 bond for the new charges, which increased his total bond to $2,000,500, according to deputies.

Deputies say more charges may be filed.

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