A man was recently arrested and extradited to Iredell County to be served with felony sexual assault warrants, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release.
Richard Allen Kruger, 36, was charged with statutory rape of a child by an adult and nine counts of indecent liberties with children. He received a $1 million secured bond from a magistrate.
On May 8, the sheriff’s office received a report regarding a sexual assault of a 12-year-old female, the release stated. Sheriff Darren Campbell said the victim reported the incident to a school staff member, stating that she had been sexually assaulted by a friend of the family.
Authorities gave a timeline for the assault between the summer of 2018 and May 2019.
The release said the Iredell County Department of Social Services was contacted and made aware of the allegations. DSS implemented a safety plan at that time, the release stated.
Detective Sgt. Jason Lowrance with the Special Victims Unit was assigned the case and interviewed the victim at Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center where Kruger was named as a suspect, Campbell said.
The victim told detectives Kruger sexually assaulted her numerous times in locations in and around Mooresville, the release stated. Campbell added Lowrance interviewed several other witnesses and gathered evidence.
Warrants were filed May 23 based on collected evidence and statements gathered throughout the investigation. The release said Kruger was entered as a wanted person by the sheriff’s office.
Campbell said Kruger was arrested May 29 by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Task Force in South Carolina; he was extradited to Iredell County and served with warrants Monday.
Authorities list Kruger as having both a Gaston, South Carolina and Mooresville address.