51-year-old Clay Allen Rudisill, formerly of Cherryville, has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with one felony count of first-degree sexual offense when the victim is under 13 years of age.
He was arrested after Deputies were dispatched to a residence in Lincolnton at about 5:30 yesterday afternoon (April 30) in response to reports of a possible sexual assault of a juvenile. Deputies were given a description of the suspect, who they detained after they found walking along Springs East Road.
After Deputies spoke to the reporting party, the suspect, Clay Rudisill, was taken to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. During an interview with Detectives, Rudisill confessed to the crime, which involved a seven-year-old female victim.
Investigators say the family was trying to help the man out by giving him a place to stay.
Rudisill was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today.