More charges for Georgia man accused of 2012 rape of 14-year-old

Published 11:22 am Tuesday, October 25, 2016

By Shavonne Walker

IREDELL COUNTY — Iredell authorities have charged a Georgia man who lived in Rowan County years ago with the rape of a then 14-year-old girl. These latest felony charges are in addition to what Rowan investigators previously charged the man with involving the same victim, officials said.

Dalton Smallwood, 43, of Hedgewood Drive, Chickamauga, Ga., was charged with six counts of statutory rape/sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child by Iredell authorities.

Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell said the now 19-year-old woman told investigators she’d been sexually assaulted by a man in 2012. She said she met him while they attended the same church.

Iredell investigators say Smallwood met with the girl in different locations in southern Iredell County when the sexual activity took place.

Rowan County investigators have said the two developed a relationship. The girl, now living in another state, told her father about the relationship in June. The incident was reported to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office on July 2.

The victim said the encounters occurred at her home, an abandoned house in the southern Rowan County neighborhood where she lived and at Smallwood’s home in Iredell County.

Rowan officials say a journal she kept corroborates details of the incidents. Authorities said Smallwood video-recorded these sexual encounters with the girl, and she was aware of the recordings. None of the sexual encounters have ever been made public.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Smallwood with five counts of felony indecent liberties with children, five counts of statutory rape of a child by person six years older, one count of felony first-degree sexual exploitation-use/employ a minor and one count of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Smallwood was served with the charges for Iredell County and was placed under a $1 million bond in the Rowan County Detention Center.