On Saturday, July 16, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a missing 12-year-old.
When Deputies arrived on the scene, they spoke with the caller who said her granddaughter had left the residence sometime overnight. The deputies learned by watching “Ring Doorbell” footage the young female had left the residence around midnight. Drones and the Sheriff’s Office bloodhounds were called to the scene to assist with the investigation.It was determined the juvenile had been communicating with an older male identified as 25-year old Aaron Brandon Clark of Statesville.
Deputies located the juvenile walking along Sardis Road.
While speaking with deputies, statements were made about the juvenile and Clark having engaged in sexual activity.
The suspect was located and voluntarily interviewed by Special Victims Unit Investigators. During the interview, Clark admitted to meeting with and then driving the juvenile away from her residence and having sexual contact her.
Clark was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was charged with: Three Counts of Felony Statutory Rape of a Child by an Adult and Felony Kidnapping. He is being held in the Iredell County Detention Center with a secured bond of $1 million.
This case is still under investigation and additional charges could be pending.
Photo: Iredell County Sheriff’s Office