A step grandfather accused of sex crimes with his own step grandchildren was in an Onslow County courtroom to face the charges Tuesday.
Billy wells Jr., 42 years-old, mouthed words to his family members throughout his brief first court appearance.
Wells faces 37 charges. The sheriff's office says he has been abusing, assaulting, and performing sexual acts with his own step grandchildren.
Sheriff Ed Brown says both victims, a young boy and girl, are under the age of 15. Brown says the children were both physically helpless during the crimes, which they say occurred at the grandparents home.
Just last week the sheriff's office charged step grandfather Donald Barton with 23 sex crimes involving a female relative.
Well's bond is set at $390,000. Barton's bond is just over 1 million dollars.