After meeting a 14-year-old girl at ImaginOn in Charlotte, a 40-year-old North Carolina man reportedly lured her to a nearby hotel room with promises of alcohol and is now facing statutory rape and indecent liberties charges, two counts of each sex offense. According to police, Stephen Ward also photographed his encounter with the teenage girl and admitted to snapping at least 15 photos that were sexual in nature of the young female.
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.
Seven years ago, the man behind beloved Sesame Street character Elmo had an inappropriate relationship with a sixteen-year-old boy, at least according to the now 23-year-old man making the accusations. Kevin Clash, Elmo puppeteer, has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street to deal with the fallout of what he considers to be meritless sex offense allegations.
First arrested last week on sex offense charges, a fourth grade teacher at Long Hill Elementary School was recently rearrested after another teen came forward with similar complaints of sexual abuse. Bradley Dent has taught in the Cumberland County Schools for seven years and is currently suspended from his teaching position while the investigation into the alleged sex offenses involving minors continues.
A 38-year-old man with a history of sex offense violations was sentenced last week to 10 years in federal prison. The federal charges against the man stem from distribution of child pornography. His sentence included 20 years of supervised probation and a no-contact order with any of the victims.
A school bus stop in Mooresville, North Carolina, has been moved after a local news station uncovered that a registered sex offender lived only five feet from both a middle school and high school bus stop. The news report alarmed parents enough that they contacted the local school district to request changing the bus stop location further away from the sex offender.
A man in Onslow County has been charged with 29 counts of each of the sex crimes of first degree sex offense with a child, crime against nature and indecent liberties with a child. He is held on bonds of $5.85 million in an Onslow County jail.