For close to a century, the Boy Scouts of America collected what it called "Perversion Files" - documentation on sex offenders and pedophiles that it intended to keep out of its organization in order to protect scouts from becoming victims of sex offenses. A court ordered the scouting organization to release its perversion files covering 1965 to 1985 this month.
A man who dressed as Santa and played the friendly Christmas icon at malls across North Carolina was sentenced on sexual exploitation and solicitation charges. Seventy-year-old John Peters, of Cary, was sentenced to three years in prison and must register as a sex offender after completing his sentence.
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.
Four months ago, Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of sex offenses involving children. In a few weeks, Sandusky will be sentenced for the sex crimes, for a number of years that, based on his age, will likely amount to a life sentence in prison.
Nineteen-year-old Alejandro Romero was charged with rape and burglary after a woman he allegedly sexually assaulted identified him while he was walking down South Greensboro Street in Carrboro. The woman notified police and Romero was arrested at a nearby Wendy's.
After 12 years in prison on a 43-year sentence for sex offenses and murder charges, Derrick Michael Allen was set free by Durham Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson. The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and local prosecutors had failed to disclose crucial details of blood tests related to evidence In Allen's case, according to the Judge, requiring dismissal.
A head college football coach was charged with sex offenses involving minors last week after complaining that his University-issued cell phone was not working properly. When examined by IT professionals at the University, personal videos and photos contained on the phone depicted naked children.
Even one allegation of a sex offense can lead to harsh consequences, as a 20-year-old North Carolina man has learned. The man is charged with secret peeping after a female coworker found that she had been recorded with a cellphone while using the restroom. Although police believe the incident was isolated, the man is facing a serious charge of a sex offense.
Your casual conversations over Facebook and other websites may be monitored for evidence of sex offenses. Using both technology and human employees, Facebook and many other companies watch their websites for signs of Internet sex crimes worldwide, including North Carolina. The results are varied.
Forty-one-year-old Harvey West Jr. pleaded guilty to five sex offense charges in 2000. He was released from jail in 2006 and ordered to register as a sex offender for at least 10 years.