N.C. couple charged with sexually abusing child over span of five years

The two were both arrested on Thursday and placed in separate detention centers.
The two were both arrested on Thursday and placed in separate detention centers.
Published: Sep. 16, 2022 at 6:17 AM EDT
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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) – Authorities in Rowan and Stanly counties have charged a couple with several counts of child sexual abuse following a joint investigation.

Investigators with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office say 33-year-old Sarah Charles and her husband, 38-year-old Christopher Charles, abused a 10-year-old girl. That abuse started while the couple was living near Kannapolis, a news release stated.

According to law enforcement, the abuse continued until it was reported to the Department of Social Services. By that time, the couple had reportedly moved to Midland, which is in Cabarrus County.

According to the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office, they received a request from Stanly County DSS to visit the home on September 2nd. They received information at that time to initiate a criminal investigation into the allegation of child sex offenses.

On September 7th, the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office obtained warrants for both people and on September 15th the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office obtained similar warrants.

The two were both arrested on Thursday and placed in separate detention centers.

WBTV obtained the arrest warrants, which state the reported abuse began in 2017 when the child was five years old.

The warrants state that Charles reportedly engaged in a sex offense with the child by force and against her will. They also state she was living in the home with him at the time of this.

The abuse is also listed as causing serious mental or physical injury to the child.

Warrants for Sarah’s arrest allege that she allowed Christopher to engage in sexual acts with the child at five years of age. They also state that Sarah engaged in sex offenses with the young girl by force and against her will.

Sarah Charles is being held under a $1.5 million secured bond in the Cabarrus County Jail, while Christopher Charles is being held under a $1.025 million secured bond in the Stanly County Jail.

Sarah will face charges in Rowan County of five counts of indecent liberties with a child, felony child abuse, first-degree forcible sex offense, second-degree forcible sex offense, first-degree statutory sex offense and one count of disseminating obscenity to a minor, authorities said. She will also face charges in Stanly County of felony child abuse, first degree statutory sex offense, second degree forcible sex offense, and indecent liberties with a child.

Christopher will face charges in Rowan County of five counts of first degree forcible sex offense, sex act by a substitute parent, indecent liberties with a child, crime against nature, and felony child abuse. He will also face charges in Stanly County of felony child abuse, first degree statutory sex offense, and second degree forcible sex offense.

Criminal records also show Charles has been arrested numerous times across the state of North Carolina. His criminal history shows convictions of DWI, driving with a revoked license and possessing drug paraphernalia.

The couple is due in court in Rowan County on Monday September 19th.