N.C. --- (WAVY News) Six North Carolina brothers and their parents have been charged in relation to the sexual abuse of a young girl for almost ten years.
Perquimans County Sheriff Eric Tilley said the brothers were arrested last Tuesday and charged with crimes related to raping a 4-year-old girl until she was almost 15.
Tilley said the six Jackson brothers, Eric, Jon, Matthew, Nathaniel, Benjamin and Aaron, lived with their parents, John and Nita, who were also arrested Tuesday, each charged with felony child neglect.
Tilley said the investigation began in December 2012 when one of the brothers spoke with his pastor about the abuse and then confessed to the Perquimans County Sheriff's Office. Then another brother confessed.
One of the brothers allegedly told deputies his mother witnessed the abuse on at least one occasion and walked away. Tilley said the parents are charged because they failed to take action to stop the abuse.
“The family pretty much kept to themselves,” said neighbor Bette Butler. “When they first moved here, we did have them to dinner a couple times. They seemed like a very normal people.”
The female victim is now about 16 years old, Tilley said.
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