Authorities: Edgecombe County man charged with child sex crimes that date back years

William Bell

An Edgecombe County man faces multiple charges for child sex crimes dating back years, investigators say.

Deputies say on March 30, they received a report of a child sexual assault that allegedly occurred when the victim was under 12 years old. While investigating the case, authorities conducted a forensic interview with the victim, who said they had suffered years of sexual abuse at the hands of William Douglas Bell, 67, of Macclesfield.

Bell was arrested Monday and charged with three counts of statutory sexual offense by an adult and three counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Bell is being held in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $300,000 secured bond.

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