Old Fort man charged with sex crime

Ernest Franklin Ross

Authorities said Wednesday they have charged an Old Fort man with a sex crime against an 8-year-old child.

Detective J.T. Grindstaff of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Ernest Franklin Ross, 73, of Golf Course Road in Old Fort, with one felony count of first-degree sex offense of a child.

Grindstaff said the incident allegedly occurred 10 years ago when the girl, an acquaintance of Ross, was 8 years old.

The victim only recently came forward with the allegations.

Ross was taken into custody in lieu of a $100,000 bond.