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The Associated Press

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TROUTMAN — An Iredell County middle-school employee is facing sex-related charges involving children, but authorities say the alleged crimes did not involve youths at the school where he works.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office said 57-year-old Roger Jeffrey Speaks of Troutman was arrested without incident Monday following a three-week investigation.

Investigators said a woman contacted detectives on Feb. 10, saying her daughters might have been the victims of sexual assaults. The investigators also said the children were interviewed on Feb. 20 and witnesses were also contacted.

Speaks is charged with 16 counts of indecent liberties with a child. He is in jail under a $200,000 bond, and it’s not known if he has an attorney.

Iredell-Statesville Schools wouldn’t comment on whether Speaks still has his job at Troutman Middle School.