81-year-old High Point man accused of sexually assaulting child

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- An 81-year-old man from High Point is in jail on a $500,000 bond Tuesday night after he was accused of sexually abusing a child over a period of several years.

Officials with the City of High Point confirmed for FOX8 that Hussey used to be an employee of the city. His job ended there in 2002, years before the abuse began.

The victim came forward to law enforcement this summer, nearly a decade after the alleged abuse happened sometime between 2006 and 2011.

Investigators gathered enough evidence to file arrest warrants on Aug. 30 for felony charges including four counts of incident liberties, two counts of first degree sex offense on a child and one count of first degree sex offense on a 13, 14 or 15 year old.

FOX8 was there when Sheriff David Grice went over Hussey's arrest warrants for the first time.

"He was advised that he had warrants and he turned himself in," Grice said. Hussey turned himself in on Monday.

For their safety, we won't identify the victim, but Grice said the victim knew and trusted Hussey. Arrest warrants indicate the abuse happened in Hussey's home.

Now, the victim has chosen to come forward.

"It is common for us to see this," Grice said. "What happens mature as they are molested when they're children, and they don't have a bad feeling about it, but they really don't know that it's wrong."

A study from the National Institute of Justice shows three out of four child sexual abuse victims know their abuser well.

Davidson County has seen multiple cases with that just this year.

A teacher at Ledford Middle School is currently on paid administrative, after she was accused of sexually assaulting a former student eight years ago.

A former pastor is in jail on a $6.5 million bond, accused of assaulting four children over several years.

"Often times people who are predisposed or act that way will seek out the children and volunteer," Grice said. "That's why I always encourage people to know who your ball coaches are for your children, your scout masters, your youth leaders at church. Research and ask questions."

The victim is now an adult themselves. Grice says it's also common for children to wait until they're adults to report abuse.

There's no statue of limitations for sexual incidents involving minor in North Carolina. Grice says he encourages victims to report their abuse no matter how long it's been.

"They are educated later, or they didn't feel good about it, or were unable to report it," Grice said. "They'll find out later that it was wrong, it bothers them, they'll report it."

Hussey will be in court for a first appearance hearing on Oct. 2.

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