A Roane County man has been charged with sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl at a residence in Jackson County.

Adam Ray Nichols, 31, 1754 Linden Road, Looneyville, was charged with sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, or custodian. Magistrate Laura Pursley set bond at $250,000. Nichols was incarcerated in South Central Regional Jail.

At approximately 10:31 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, a counselor at Ravenswood Middle School called the Jackson County 911 Center to report a possible sexual assault disclosed by a student. At about 11:45 a.m., Deputy Julia Bowen of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the school to speak with the counselor.

The counselor told Bowen that she had received information that an 12-year-old female student was being sexually abused at her residence on Parkersburg Road in Ripley, where Nichols had been staying with the victim, according to a criminal complaint filed in magistrate court.

Bowen interviewed the victim, who stated she and her 11-year-old sister recently moved in with Nichols after the state took custody of them. Previously, the children had been living with other relatives.

The victim stated that on Sunday, Nov. 11, Nichols came into her bedroom to tuck her in and told her “she had a body like a model,” according to the complaint. Nichols also allegedly touched her inappropriately over her clothing and had other inappropriate contact with her.

The victim said Nichols told her not to tell anyone because they wouldn’t understand. The victim told Bowen she was sleeping in a tank-top and shorts but now slept in pants because she was afraid of what might happen.

Bowen asked the victim if anything had happened since Nov. 11 and the victim stated that while she was climbing the ladder to her bed on Nov. 15, Nichols allegedly grabbed her inappropriately.