Former teacher charged with sex offense

Published 11:03 am Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office has charged a former Iredell County teacher in connection to sexual assault cases.

According to a news release, the Sheriff’s Office received a report on Oct. 23 in reference to a sexual assault that occurred at South Iredell High School in the 1970s. The victim reported sexual abuse by a teacher, Allen Sloop Lowrance, 65, while the victim attended the high school.

Lowrance taught special education at South Iredell High School from 1974 to 1977.

The victim also reported new incidents of sexual abuse by Lowrance that allegedly occurred between December 2014 and October 2015. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and searched a residence on Rolling Hills Road, Mooresville, and seized several items. Investigators were able to identify and interview several witnesses.

According to the release, Lowrance was arrested and charged with 20 counts of second-degree sex offense. According to the Sheriff’s Office, none of the charges are from his time as a teacher at South Iredell High School. Lowrance has been placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $50,000 bond. He has no previous criminal record.

Authorities ask anyone with information about this case to contact Mike Benfield at the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180.