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North Carolina man faces 51 sex charges dating to 1970s

Posted May 16

— A North Carolina man charged last month with multiple sex offenses faces more felony sex charges involving victims dating to the mid-1970s.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2pQ5MpN ) that the Union County Sheriff's Office said Monday that 68-year-old Sidney Gary Helms of Monroe faces 30 more felony sex charges on top of the 21 charges filed last month.

The initial charges stemmed from an investigation into recent criminal accusations of Helms' conduct with a minor, during which deputies learned of incidents from the 1980s involving a then-minor. The news charges involve two more victims and incidents that span from the mid-1970s to the 1980s.

Helms was arrested April 24, and has been in jail on $1 million bail. It's unclear if Helms has a lawyer.

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