Man accused of sexually assaulting a child


Investigators say that a man sexually assaulted a girl and fathered her child more than eight years ago.

Devashia Oneil Maddox was arrested Monday and charged with statutory sex offense with a child by an adult, rape of a child by an adult and kidnapping.

The 32 year old was picked up a week after allegations from another accuser were lodged against him. That case is still being investigated.

According to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Maddox sexually assaulted a girl who was under the age of 16 multiple times between eight and nine years ago. Those encounters resulted in the birth of a child, according to Detective Matthew Sadler.

Sadler said the investigation is in its early stages, and Maddox could have used other personal relationships to sexually assault additional children.

“It’s so early it’s hard to know what the scope will be,” he said. “Generally, it’s not just one victim out there… We’re still exploring other possible victims.”

Maddox was put in the Cleveland County Detention Center before posting a $100,000 bond.

Maddox is on probation for convictions of drug possession and resisting an officer in Georgia in December 2019, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

Sadler said that anyone with information on allegations against Maddox should call him at 704-484-4888.


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