Police: Man accused of molesting children was foster parent
SPENCER — Authorities say a man charged with molesting children was a foster parent during the times those crimes are alleged to have happened.
And investigators are asking any more potential victims to come forward.
William Wayne Jones, 50, was extradited to Rowan County from Tennessee last week and charged with four counts of indecent liberties with a child and four counts first-degree sexual offense.
Investigators say those crimes happened between January 2002 and May 2005. They occurred, police say, at the home Jones — also known as Jake — shared with his wife in the 300 block of North Yadkin Avenue.
That was also the residence where Jones and his wife kept children placed with them by the Rowan County Department of Social Services between November 2001 and March 2004, when they were licensed foster parents, police said.
Spencer Police Chief Michael James said that while investigators don’t know for sure, they believe it is “very possible” that the victims were foster children in Jones’ home.
The alleged crimes were reported to the Spencer Police by the Cocke County Sheriff’s Department in Tennessee after Jones admitted to them in a court proceeding there, a Spencer Police statement said.
He was interviewed by Tennessee detectives and the information was sent to Spencer Investigator N.W. Pacilio. The Spencer officer conducted further investigations and obtained warrants for Jones’ arrest.
Jones remains in the Rowan County jail under a $1 million bond.
The investigation is ongoing. Police ask anyone with additional information or who believes they may have been a victim to contact Pacilio at the Spencer Police Department, 704-633-3574.