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June 2013 Archives

YMCA Janitor Tied To Video Camera In Locker Room

At least 80 women were captured on film in various states of undress at two YMCA's outside of Charlotte by a former janitor attempting to moonlight as an amateur filmmaker. Fifty-eight-year-old John Eddy was arrested after police found one camera in the locker room at the YMCA in Lake Wylie.

Solicitation Sting Nets Charlotte Man

An arrest for online solicitation of a minor awaited a 37-year-old Charlotte man at his destination, rather than the 14-year-old girl that police accuse him of expecting. An online sex crimes sting involving a detective casting him or herself as a minor trapped Edward Patella and landed him in the Randolph County jail.

When In Doubt, Demand Your Right To Remain Silent

What you say and what you don't say can be used against you in a court of law, according to a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Salinas v. Texas, the Court ruled that Salinas' silence during questioning by law enforcement about a murder could be presented in court to help prove that he is guilty of the crime charged.

WNC Drug Ring Busted In Federal Drug Trafficking Investigation

For two years, the feds claim to have been watching a group of people accused of drug trafficking in and around the Cherokee Indian Reservation in Western North Carolina. In total, seven people have been charged with federal drug trafficking and each faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine for each drug charge, according to a recently unsealed federal indictment.

Durham Checkpoint Leads To Drug Charges For UNC Basketball Player

A small amount of marijuana meant drug possession charges for University of North Carolina basketball standout P.J. Hairston. The Tar Heel junior was arrested at a checkpoint in Durham and cited for drug possession and for driving without a license.

Juvenile Out-Of-State Sex Offense Conviction Follows Husband, Father To NC

Sex crimes committed while a juvenile followed one man to North Carolina all the way from California. Thirty-four-year-old Nigel Garcia was ordered to register as a sex offender after being convicted of sex offenses involving a minor under age 14 when he was himself just a teenager.

Drug Bust Leads To Child Abuse Charges

The Lincoln County Sheriff's office received a tip about suspicious activity at a home on Biggerstaff Road that turned out to be a meth lab, according to investigators. Authorities in protective gear removed what was noted as volatile materials used in making meth from the home.

The Public Library Is Not A Good Place To Browse Pornography

Doing things that are illegal, such as committing a sex offense, while in a public place is a surefire way to get yourself arrested. Brandon Helms of Union County was recently arrested on charges that he was viewing child pornography from one of the public computers at his local library.

Informant Used To Convict On Federal Drug Crimes Disqualified By DEA

A 46-year-old man serving a 19.5 year prison sentence for federal drug trafficking was put behind bars in part based on the testimony of a confidential informant. That may sound like no big deal on its own, but after some detective work of his own while in prison, Rene Cobar has learned that the informant has since been disqualified from assisting in federal drug cases for lying to the feds about cases he was informing on.

Exoneration Possible For Man Falsely Accused Of Sex Crimes

As a teen, Jesse Freidman says he was falsely accused of sex crimes and coerced into making a confession. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison for sex crimes that he did not commit and has been forced to register as a sex offender since his release in 2001.

Your Cheek Cells Are No Longer Your Own After An Arrest

The U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision this week in Maryland v. King, allowing law enforcement officers around the country to take a cheek swab after an arrest for a serious crime. Cheek cells contain a person's DNA, which can then be used to determine whether an arrested person can be tied to open, unsolved crimes through CODIS. And, that DNA information can possibly be stored forever.

Charlotte School District Associate Charged With Sex Crimes Against Child

A technology associate at Hornets Nest Elementary School in Charlotte was recently arrested on accusations of felony sex offenses involving a minor. Twenty-five-year-old Tafari Higgins is facing charges of child rape and taking indecent liberties with a child.

Should Kids Be Forced To Register As Sex Offenders?

The current sex offender registry system is flawed. Otherwise consensual sex punishable as statutory rape or the possession and distribution of "child pornography" that sexting between teens has been come to be viewed as can land a teenager on the list for a term of year up to life.

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