After meeting a young girl online and building a relationship through social media and text messages, a Charlotte man engaged in sex trafficking, according to federal prosecutors. The U.S. Attorney on the federal sex crimes case alleged that Juan Gray-Sommerville picked the young girl up outside of her school, took her to a local motel and photographed her for the purposes of creating a sex-for-sale website.
A Charlotte man is accused of raping a woman late Sunday night in the courtyard area of an apartment complex. Police reported that several witnesses heard the woman's cries and attempted to stop the alleged sexual assault; when others got involved in the altercation, the 21-year-old suspect fled on foot.
Yes, without a doubt, even one act of downloading a single piece of child pornography - whether that be a photo, video or other media - can mean criminal sex crimes charges. The possession of child pornography is against both North Carolina and federal laws; downloading one file and quickly deleting it can mean a knock on the door from the cops.
After a perfect season at the helm of the Green Hope women's soccer team that culminated in a state championship, former coach Robert Peterson is facing another battle, this time criminal. He was charged with third degree sexual exploitation of a minor after being caught in an internet sex crimes sting run by local law enforcement.
A conviction on a second degree rape charge and a second degree sex offense charge means that an 18 year old from Hickory will spend at least the next four years in prison. Mikal Gray was sentenced to spend up to the next 74 months in prison, but officials estimate that it is likely he will serve closer to 51 before he is released.
The first thing that we need to get straight here is that a charge alone of statutory rape or other sex offense will not land you in prison. You may be in jail for a short time until bond is posted, but a charge is not the same as a conviction, so the easy answer is no, a statutory rape charge does not mean a prison sentence.
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 recent report in Business Insider calls out colleges and universities across the country for underreporting and mishandling sex crimes that happen on campus. The University of North Carolina was specifically mentioned for the piece calls its "protect[ion] of rapists."
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.
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.