James Wood Elliott

James Wood Elliott

BOONE — A man from Deep Gap was arrested by the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office on April 6 on two charges of crimes against children.

James Wood Elliott, 39, of 3070 Wildcat Road, was charged with having indecent liberties with a child and facilitating a minor’s prostitution.

According to the warrant for his arrest, Elliott is accused of taking “immoral, improper and indecent liberties” with a victim under the age of 16. Elliott also allegedly did “entice, force, encourage or otherwise facilitate a minor to participate in prostitution to wit: offering (the victim) $50 to perform (a) sex act.”

Elliott was issued a $150,000 secured bond and, as of presstime, is being held at the Watauga County Detention Center. Garland Baker was appointed to Elliott’s case, which has a court date set for May 13 following a first appearance in court on April 9.

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