IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. -- An Iredell County man faces dozens of child sex charges in connection with the sexual assault of a family member, according to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.

James Robert Tewell, 44, is facing 82 counts related to the investigation.

Last Friday, Sheriff's Investigators received a report that Tewell had been sexually assaulting a family member for the last four years. Tewell was initially charged with one count of statutory rape.

After further witnesses were identified and interviewed, investigators filed an additional 81 counts against Tewell, including statutory rape, statutory sex offesne, rape of a child, sexual offense with a child, second-degree rape and second-degree sexual offense.

Tewell's bond adds up to $600,000.