A registered sex offender from Johnston County sexually assaulted a Greenville teen he met on the internet, investigators said.
Greenville Police and SBI agents arrested 37-year-old William Edward Ayers IV on Wednesday at his Johnston County home.
According to investigators, Ayers met the 15-year-old victim online. Then, between August and November of 2012, Ayers allegedly took the the girl to locations in Greenville, Raleigh, and Johnston County, where he sexually assaulted her. Detectives said they believe the sex acts happened on 20 occasions.
Ayers was charged with statutory rape, kidnapping, and first-degree sex offense. He was placed in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $1 million secured bond.
Ayers has prior criminal convictions and is a registered sex offender in Johnston County.