Mooresville man charged with sexually assaulting a minor in the 1990s

Published 10:13 am Friday, November 14, 2014

A Mooresville man was arrested Thursday and charged with sexually assaulting a minor in the late 1990s.

Michael Jolly, of Unity Church Road, was charged with indecent liberties with a child, statutory rape and dissemination to minors under the age of 16., according to an arrest report from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

A man recently came forward to police and told them he was a victim of Jolly’s, and that the alleged incidents took place between March and June of 1998. The victim was 15 at the time, according to Capt. John Sifford. The investigation started in August, he said.

The alleged incidents took place in Rowan County, Sifford said.

The victim told police he met Jolly through a church group, and that Jolly was a bus driver for after school activities, Sifford said.

The arrest report states Jolly, 54, is a self-employed carpenter. He is being held at the Rowan County Detention Center under a $250,000.

Sifford said police do not know of any other alleged victims at this time.

Anyone with more information is asked to call Detective Sara Benfield at 704-216-8739.

Reporter David Purtell can be reached at 704-797-4264.