SPENCER, N.C. -- Authorities are looking for potential victims of, and further information on a former foster parent accused of sex crimes against children.
William Wayne Jones, also known as Jake Jones, was extradited from Sevier County in Tennessee to Rowan County following the filing of eight warrants against him.
Four counts of first degree sexual offense, victim under 13, and four counts of indecent liberties of a minor were filed against Jones by the Spencer Police Department following Jones' alleged admission in open court proceedings in Tennessee. Authorities with the Cocke County Sheriff's Office reported to the Spencer Police Department the crimes Jones is accused of committing.
Authorities say the crimes against children took place sometime between January 2002 and May 2005.
A Spencer Police Investigator followed up on the information and obtained warrants for Jones' arrest. He's currently in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $1,000,000 bond.
Jones and his wife were licensed foster parents through Rowan County DSS from November 2001 through March 2004.
Investigators are looking for anyone who may have further information, or may have been a victim of Jones' while he served the Rowan County Department of Social Services as a foster parent.
"He was the type of person to wave to the neighbors. He would walk outside and wait with the little boy for the bus," said one neighbor.
"I knew things were not perfect, but what family is," said another neighbor, who had often played with the young foster children.
"To me, just being a 10-year-old child, I was like, ‘Oh, that couple was willing to open their home to anyone who needs it, how great for them,’ but I had no reason to think anything bad was happening," she said.
Another neighbor told NBC Charlotte, the couple had separated.
She also got to know the foster children, who lived in the corner home. She says some stayed for several months, others, longer.
"Even the kids were happy to be around, they just wanted the company and feel welcome," she said.
The police chief says there is reason to believe some victims may now live out of state. They have had difficulty in locating former foster children, but are getting the assistance of the state.
The arrest warrant lists two male victims, with one incident allegedly occurring when the victim was as young as 6.