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April 2012 Archives

Two North Carolina College Students Investigated For Sex Offenses

Two football players at a North Carolina university were the subject of a recent investigation by the ASU Code of Student Conduct Board. Another student reported that the two had raped her at a fall party and then escaped through a second story window.

Child Porn On Church Computer Leads To Guilty Plea

Earlier this week, former Cary youth director Jerrod McCabe admitted to storing inappropriate images of children on his church computer. Arrested in March on 20 counts related to possession of child pornography, McCabe left his job as a youth director at the Raleigh Chinese Christian Church.

Bowling Alley Project Ends In Guilty Plea To Federal Fraud Charges

A 68-year-old Raleigh man pled guilty to six counts related to bank fraud and identity theft midway through his jury trial in U.S. District Court in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. His plan had been to open a bowling and family entertainment center in Mebane, North Carolina. The site he had chosen for the new bowling center was part of strip mall and had previously been used for retail space. Substantial remodeling was necessary in order to turn the space into a bowling alley.

5-Month Investigation Leads To Several Arrests At NC Adult Club

Alcohol, drugs and sex were given as reasons for arresting the manager of a North Carolina adult club, two of its dancers and eight others earlier this week. The club has been under investigation by the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) Division for several months; additional arrests are expected.

Convictions For Insider Trading May Soon Have Harsher Penalties

Insider trading convictions are drawing greater scrutiny from the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Both groups are encouraging federal judges to sentence convicted white collar criminals to longer prison terms.

DNA Evidence Used To Arrest North Carolina Man For 1991 Rape

A cold case unit from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department recently arrested a man for a kidnapping and rape that allegedly took place 20 years ago. The suspect, Juan Taylor, now 45, has an existing criminal record. He was convicted of second degree murder for the death of an 82-year-old man that occurred six years before the alleged sexual assault.

Self-Incrimination Privilege Protects Encrypted Hard Drive In Sex Offenses Investigation

A government investigation of alleged child pornography led to the seizure of one man's two lap top computers and five external hard drives. Parts of each were encrypted by a program called TrueCrypt and forensic examiners from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were unable to view that material.

Arrested For A Minor Offense? Prepare For A Jailhouse Strip Search

Two jailhouse strip searches after being arrested for failing to appear at a hearing related to not paying a fine left Albert Florence questioning whether the invasive search violated his rights. He'd been arrested during a stop for a traffic violation for not paying a fine afterall, not a serious or violent felony.

Self Defense And North Carolina's Stand Your Ground Law

Trayvon Martin rapidly became a household name after he was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in a gated Florida community. The police did not to arrest the shooter at the time nor charge him with a felony in the shooting death of Martin, based at least in part on the self defense protections of Florida's Stand Your Ground Law.

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