HERTFORD, N.C. - Six brothers are in a northeastern North Carolina jail after authorities said they sexually abused a young girl for nearly a decade.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports the Jackson brothers - Eric, 27; Jon, 25; Matthew, 23; Nathaniel, 21; Benjamin, 19; and Aaron, 18 - were arrested last week on charges ranging from statutory rape to sexual assault and rape of the alleged victim, who is now 16.
The suspects' parents, 65-year-old John Jackson and 54-year-old Nita Jackson, also were charged with felony child abuse, according to the paper. They were released after posting a $15,000 secured bond.
Tilley confirmed one of the brothers came forward in December 2012 to confess to the crime after speaking with a pastor.
"They were a secretive bunch," Curtis Trueblood, who lives a few miles down the road from the family's home, told the Virginian-Pilot.
The brothers are in the Albemarle District Jail under secured bonds of up to $150,000.