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March 2013 Archives

Charlotte Shelter Closes Doors To Registered Sex Offenders

The Men's Shelter of Charlotte has stopped accepting residents who are registered sex offenders and trying to find homes for the dozen or so that currently call the shelter home. Life becomes just a little bit more difficult for those in the Charlotte area who must register as sex offenders, until they are able to legally seek removal of the registry requirement.

Sexts On Minor's Phone Result In Sex Crimes Charges For 2 NC Men

Explicit photos on the cell phone of a teenage girl resulting in sex offense charges against two North Carolina men. The girl's father found the images and alerted police, which eventually led to an investigation by the Rowan County Sheriff's Office.

Changes Coming To Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentencing?

While federal sentencing guidelines do give inmates credit for good behavior toward early release from prison, there is no parole in the federal system like there is in the state system. There are no 50-year sentences that allow for release after 20 years served (just a random example). That has meant that has state prison systems have seen a decline in their overall population, federal prisons have not.

Crop Insurance Fraud Scheme Uncovered In North Carolina

A fraud scheme that involved cash for crops while the same farmers made insurance claims for damaged produce has resulted in at least 41 people reaching negotiated pleas or simply pleading guilty to insurance fraud charges in North Carolina. The farmers involved had made fraudulent insurance claims for allegedly damaged products that included soybeans, tobacco, corn and wheat, but none of the involved products were actually unsellable.

Craigslist Used To Target Sex Crimes In Operation Black Veil

Seventeen people were arrested on internet sex crimes allegations during a three-day sting operation dubbed Operation Black Veil. The men arrested had attempted to set up meetups with a 15-year-old via the casual encounters section of Craigslist.

Queen Shoals Ponzi Schemer Sentenced To 10 Years, Restitution

Gary Martin, formerly of Asheville, set up Queen Shoals Consultants as a North Carolina limited-liability company in 2007. Through the company, Martin and several others accumulated investments totaling $28.5 million dollars. Those 'investments' were then funneled through a Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Sidney Hanson. Hanson was separately convicted of securities and wire fraud; he is serving a 22-year-prison sentence.

Two Men Arrested For Possession Of Child Pornography

The FBI Child Exploitation Task Force and the Newton Police Department worked together to arrest two Newton men accused of possessing child pornography downloaded from the Internet. One man faces three counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor while the other faces only two for what is assumed to be explicit digital images of minors.

Former Sports Writer Preps For Sex Offense Trial In NC Superior Court

Accusations of sex offenses involving a minor were flying against former sports writer and small business owner Eric Lusk last summer after the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC) discovered child pornography on Lusk's computer. According to an Elkin detective involved in the case, the child pornography was downloaded.

DNA Exonerates Man Falsely Accused Of Sexual Assault

In 2006, Johnny Williams was sentenced to 16 years in prison after being convicted of sex offenses involving a minor, including lewd conduct and attempted rape. Williams was released from prison and paroled in January, 2013. Just days ago, his sex offense convictions were set aside and the case against him dismissed.

Probationer Accuses Probation Officer Of Sex Offenses

An employee of the North Carolina Department of Corrections has been reassigned to a desk job in Gaston County after one of his probationers accused him of sexual assault. According to the woman, her probation officer, David Francis, had arranged a meeting with her at his office. While there, the DOC probation officer sexually assaulted her.

Drug Ring At Charlotte-Area High School Busted

One teen, three young adults and one parent have been implicated in a drug ring that allegedly trafficked LSD, heroin and bath salts at a North Carolina high school. An undercover investigation by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, aided by information from a student who got into a fight with deputies while allegedly high on LSD, ended in the arrest of four of those believed to be involved and awaiting the fifth to voluntarily surrender.

Criminal Defense Strategy Is Not One-Size-Fits-All

After all we have heard about Stand Your Ground laws and the back-and-forth discussions about whether or not George Zimmerman should be convicted of murder for shooting Trayvon Martin it was a shock to many when Zimmerman waived his right to a Stand Your Ground hearing this week. If the judge found in his favor at the Stand Your Ground hearing after all, the case would be over.

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