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A Wilson County couple has been jailed under a combined $4.5 million bond following a human trafficking investigation that led to nearly two dozen charges.
The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office started an investigation into 67-year-old James Bennett Tedder and 46-year-old Brenda Sue Bailey after a report was filed in June, said Wanda Samuel, sheriff’s office chief of staff.
Bailey, of 8148 Brooks Road, Kenly, is charged with three counts of human trafficking of a minor, three counts of aiding and abetting the taking of indecent liberties with a minor, five counts of aiding and abetting a statutory sex offense with a minor and one count of aiding and abetting statutory rape, officials said.
Bailey is also being held in the Wilson County Detention Center under a $2 ½ million secured bond.
Tedder, of 6457 U.S. 117, Lucama, is charged with three counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, five counts of committing a statutory sex offense with a minor and one count of statutory rape, according to Samuel.
He is currently being held in the Wilson County Detention Center under a $2 million secured bond.
On Wednesday, the sheriff’s office executed a search warrant at Tedder’s home southeast of Lucama in regards to a sexual assault investigation. Sheriff’s detectives seized several items including a computer, cellphones, several guns, including a stolen rifle, Samuel said.
The investigation also found that allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor date back two years, officials said.
“Due to the sensitivity of this case and to protect the identity of the victim, other details of this investigation will not be released,” Samuel said. “This is an ongoing investigation.”
The Wilson Times does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault and withholds information that could identify the relationship between the suspect and accuser.
Samuel said the couple was arrested at Bailey’s home in rural Wilson County north of Kenly.