Police: Accused child molester surrenders, arrested in North Carolina

Dewey Wambsganss

LONDONDERRY — A man who is charged with sexually assaulting a young child turned himself into police in North Carolina last Friday around 9:15 a.m., according to Londonderry police Capt. Patrick Cheetham.

Dewey Wambsganss, 59, turned himself in to the Waxhaw Police Department, according to Cheetham.

He will be detained at the Union County, North Carolina, Jail pending court hearings regarding extradition back to New Hampshire.

On Thursday, Londonderry police issued a warrant for Wambsganss, charging him with five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and one count of false imprisonment. The suspect is known to the alleged victim, police said.

The alleged victim was under the age of 13, Londonderry police said. The assault happened "within the last 72 hours," Cheetham said Thursday evening.

According to police, Wambsganss, a school bus driver, advised acquaintances that he was moving back to Tennessee the day before the assault.

Thursday police searched for Wambsganss, noting his ties to Wilder, Tennessee and the Charlotte, North Carolina, metropolitan area, which includes communities in South Carolina, police said.

The charges are not alleged to have occurred on school property or on a school bus, and the victim was known to the offender outside of his profession as a bus driver, according to police.

However, police are aware that parents may be concerned about the current allegations due to Wambsganss’ profession and proximity to children, according to Cheetham.

If anyone believes that a child may have had inappropriate contact with Wambsganss, please contact the Londonderry Police Department Detective Division to seek advice.

The police are available to conduct private and confidential interviews as well.

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