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Man agrees to forfeit $1 million for guilty pleas in drug case

A Pinehurst man's sentencing hearing has been rescheduled again in a federal criminal case for money laundering and drug charges. Last December, the man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and conspiracy to distribute and possess more than 220 pounds of marijuana. The details of his plea agreement are sealed until the U.S. District Court judge accepts them.

According to federal prosecutors, the man has also agreed to forfeit at least $1 million from the assets he acquired from unlawful activities. The prosecutors have asked that a judgment be entered against the man for the $822,804 that he agreed to forfeit. He had already agreed to give up the remaining balance of the $1 million. Currently, the government does not have the money and they don't know where it is.

40-year-old man arrested on multple child sex crime charges

Facing sex crime charges can be difficult, but it is even more so when the charges involve a child. The media often convicts the defendant in the court of public opinion before he or she has even made a first court appearance. This is why it is so crucial for anyone facing this type of charge to begin working on one's case with the help of an experienced lawyer.

A 40-year-old man from Raleigh, North Carolina, has been arrested on six sex crime charges. Those charges include two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, two counts of first-degree sexual offense and two counts of first-degree child rape. The alleged victim was reportedly 4 years old when the alleged incidents started in 2011. The incidents alleged continue through November of last year.

60-year-old man facing charges for raping teen girl

A man that police in Raleigh, North Carolina, say raped a teenage girl has surrendered on the charges. There are three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and six counts of statutory rape against the man.

He is currently being held on a bail of $250,000. He also has another charge of being a fugitive, which also has a bail of $250,000. The latter charge has to do with a crime involving dangerous drugs in 1996 in New Jersey.

Man arrested on sex crimes facing more charges

A 46-year-old Raleigh man is facing additional charges after a recent arrest on 24 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of minors. The charges were filed after police reportedly discovered sexual photos and videos of young girls on the man's computer.

The events unfolded last month when the man was arrested at a Red Roof Inn for soliciting to commit a felony, a common law offense. A Cary Police Department captain said that detectives carried out the first arrest because the man allegedly solicited sex from a juvenile in the days prior to his arrest.

Former principal pleads guilty to soliciting a child by computer

A 61-year-old man charged with soliciting a child by computer has pleaded guilty. The man was a former Campbell University assistant professor of education from 2006 to 2015. He was also a former principal at high schools and middle schools in Wake County, North Carolina, from 1998 to 2007.

The man was convicted in Watauga County court. He received a sentence of four years of probation. The man responded to an online ad that was part of an undercover operation in July of last year. A detective was posing as a young teenage girl. According to a report from WRAL.com last year, the ad the man answered offered sexual relations with a young girl. The former principal went to meet the girl and was arrested. Investigators took possession of evidence that showed "his intentions with the young girl if she had been a real child and had arrived at the meeting location."

23-year-old man arrested on sex crime charges

A 23-year-old man from Raleigh, North Carolina, has been arrested on sex crime charges. The man is facing a single count of first-degree sex offense with a child and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.

According to the arrest warrant, the alleged offenses happened between April 1, 2010 and Aug. 1, 2014. Police said that the man has known the child since before the dates provided in the arrest warrant. The alleged victim's age has not been disclosed. The arrest warrant also does not say what events police believe happened.

Man allegedly sells cocaine at Waffle House

According to a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a 34-year-old man from Cary, North Carolina, sold cocaine to an informant at a local Waffle House restaurant. on Dec. 5, March 5 and March 12.

The man, who has previous convictions for trafficking cocaine and cocaine possession, is being held in the Franklin County Jail for allegedly selling several ounces of the illegal drug. The special agent is part of the Raleigh-Durham Safe Streets Task Force, which is a joint effort between local, state and federal agencies. The information about the man came from members of the task force, as well as the Raleigh police.

"Sexting" with Minors and Extortion

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Since the founding of our firm, Roberts Law Group, PLLC, we have represented clients facing all manner of allegations. Over the years, we have developed and dedicated a significant portion of our practice to defending those accused of sex crimes, child pornography, and solicitation of a minor offenses.

In modern society, the proliferation of smart-phones, dating apps, and online message boards has meant that we represent more and more clients accused of:

(1) Solicitation of a minor by computer, N.C.G.S. § 14-202.3 (Class H or G felony)

(2) Sexual exploitation of a minor (child pornography), N.C.G.S. § 14-190.16-17A (Class C, E, or H felony)

(3) Indecent liberties with a minor, N.C.G.S. § 14-202.1 (Class F felony)

Some of these crimes carry mandatory prison sentences, and all of these offenses can lead to prison sentences and sex offender registration.

2 Reasons Why Obama Should Nominate Judge Jane Kelly for SCOTUS

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NPR says Jane Kelly is one of the "longer shots" for nomination because of her background as a public defender, but that is precisely why lawmakers should seriously consider a potential Kelly nomination. 

As a former federal public defender - not a prosecutor, not a legal academic - she would bring some seriously needed perspective to the SCOTUS bench.

11 people indicted for helping over 140 stay in U.S. illegally

A 48-page indictment was unsealed this week in Newport News, Virginia, and it named 11 people who are charged with helping over 140 Israeli citizens stay illegally in the U.S. The indictment also named three companies. One of those people named in the indictment owns property in Wake County, North Carolina, worth an estimated $1.3 million.

According to federal prosecutors, the scheme was to bring the people over to the U.S., and they were put to work selling skin-care products that were made in Israel in the Dead Sea are. The workers were here on B-2 tourist visas, which do not allow people to work. The people allegedly did not pay federal income tax and their pay was not reported. In addition, the men named in the indictment are also accused of extending the workers' tourist visas with false applications. They said the workers were not working here.

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