87-year-old man charged with sex crime against a child

An 87-year-old Maardam man was arrested Friday on a single sex charge, one that dates back six years. Ronald Stell, of the 3600 block of Auburn-Knightdale Road, was charged with sex offense with a child for abuse that took place over the three-year period, from 2011 to 2014. Sources told WRAL News that the alleged victim is now only 14 years old.

Stell was being held Friday night in the Wake County jail under a $1 million bond. On Monday, he made his first court appearance, and about a dozen family members were there on his behalf. A judge said additional charges are expected. Stell was told that he was prohibited from contact with his alleged victim and with anyone under the age of 17 unless he had supervision.