Man charged with sex abusePublished 6:01am Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A Spruce Pine man was arrested on Monday after being accused of sexually abusing a young child.
Freddy Hovater, 71, 110 Iris Lane, Spruce Pine, was arrested and charged with sexual torture of a child under 12 and first-degree sexual abuse, officials said.
According to Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver, Hovater is accused of sexually abusing a female victim, who is a family acquaintance, using objects such as the wooden handle of a bell and a vibrator.
He is also accused of watching her take baths.
Oliver said the abuse had allegedly taken place for a year before it was reported to authorities.
The abuse reportedly took place at Hovater’s home when the girl would be there visiting, Oliver said.
Hovater is in custody on a $250,000 bond.