Franklin Co. man charged with sexually torturing child | Crime
Deputies in Franklin County arrested a 71-year-old man on sex charges.
Freddy Hovater is charged with sexual abuse and sexual torture of a child.
He was arrested Monday night.
Deputies said he used sex toys and other items on a child.
The abuse went on for over a year at Hovater's home in the Spruce Pine community.
The arrest came after the child told family members what was happening.
The investigation into the case is ongoing.
Hovater is being held without bond.
The sheriff said Hovater denies the allegations.