A Bedford County couple was arrested over the weekend in connection with the sexual abuse of a child, according to Bedford County Sheriff's Department.
Douglas Allen Mason, 47, of Old Nashville Dirt Road is charged with rape while his wife, Stacy Michelle Mason, 41, is charged with failure to report child sex abuse, Detective Chad Webster said.
"The victim reported the rape to me on Aug. 29," Webster said. "Law enforcement conducted several interviews and examinations with the victim and discovered enough evidence to arrest both of the suspects."
Stacy Mason confessed to knowledge of the crime, expressed remorse and didn't report it to police due to fear, Webster said. Douglas Mason refused to talk with investigators and requested an attorney, the detective said.
The victim is in a safe place with the state Department of Children's Services involved, Webster said.