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NEWTON, N.C. -- The Newton Police Department served a grand jury indictment to Dewey Roy Stennette on Sunday night.

Stennette, who resides in the 800 block of North Davis Avenue in Newton, is charged with one count of sexual offense and one count of indecent liberties with children.

Authorities say the investigation began when family members of the minor victim reported their suspicious in December of 2011.

The case was presented to a Catawaba County Grand Jury last week.

Stennette's bond is set at $75,000. His first court appearance is slated for this Friday.

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