"This is not happening, this is not happening, this is not happening," Christine Smith recalls thinking after seeing her son led out of a court room in handcuffs, having just been sentenced to 18 months in prison and one year of probation after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. Her son would also be required to register as a sex offender once released from prison for the sex offenses.
James D. Kent, a college professor, faced several counts related to the possession of child pornography when IT professionals at his university found explicit images of children in the browser cache on his laptop. But, the New York Court of Appeals let him off the hook, finding that he did not actually possess the images in violation of the law because he did not download or save the files to his computer.
A former Fort Bragg soldier was discharged after confessing to having had sex with four underage women. The former Army soldier was 20 and 21 at the time of the sexual encounters; the girls involved were 14 and 15. The nature of the soldier's discharge is unknown; an other-than-honorable discharge was recommended, however his wife reported that he received a general discharge.
Focusing on known sites that are used for storage and distribution of child pornography, law enforcement agencies recently cracked down on those who had established peer-to-peer connections with the sites in two massive sex offense sting operations. Police involved in the sting noted that peer-to-peer file sharing sites are the most frequently used methods of accessing and distributing child pornography.
Two football players at a North Carolina university were the subject of a recent investigation by the ASU Code of Student Conduct Board. Another student reported that the two had raped her at a fall party and then escaped through a second story window.
Earlier this week, former Cary youth director Jerrod McCabe admitted to storing inappropriate images of children on his church computer. Arrested in March on 20 counts related to possession of child pornography, McCabe left his job as a youth director at the Raleigh Chinese Christian Church.
A cold case unit from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department recently arrested a man for a kidnapping and rape that allegedly took place 20 years ago. The suspect, Juan Taylor, now 45, has an existing criminal record. He was convicted of second degree murder for the death of an 82-year-old man that occurred six years before the alleged sexual assault.
Sex crime charges continue to mount as more students come forward with information about a Clayton man accused of various sex crimes against children, including statutory rape, sex with a student, sexual battery and indecent liberties, all with boys under 16-years-old.
The federal prison in Butner, North Carolina is made up of four facilities that house and treat individuals convicted of federal crimes: a Federal Medical Center (FMC), two medium security institutions and a low security institution. Also at Butner is a home for those convicted of federal sex crimes that the government doesn't want to release into the public, even after they've served their court-ordered sentence.
More than 200 registered sex offenders received house calls from sheriff's deputies last week. The goal was to "knock-and-talk" to offender to check on probation and sentence compliance.