Man arrested on child sex charges

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William Douglas Bell


From Staff Reports

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A Macclesfield man has been jailed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center and faces multiple charges in the sexual assault of a child.

William Douglas Bell, 67, was arrested Monday and charged with three counts of statutory sexual offense by an adult and three counts of indecent liberties with a child following an investigation that began more than a month ago.

According to a statement by the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a report on March 30 about a case involving child sexual abuse. During the course of the investigation, the child, described only as a juvenile under the age of 12, underwent a forensic interview and disclosed that the abuse had been taking place for years.

Bell, of Old Saratoga Spur Road in Macclesfield, was arrested Monday and appeared before a magistrate and was jailed under a $300,000 bond.