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Man arrested for sex crimes years after alleged offense

On Behalf of | Oct 8, 2022 | Criminal Law

Sometimes, people can be arrested for crimes they allegedly committed years earlier. North Carolina does not have a statute of limitations for felony crimes, and a person can face charges at any time, even many years later, if the individual is accused of committing a felony offense. Such seems to be the case for one North Carolina man who was recently arrested for an offense he allegedly committed back in 2017. 

Incident, arrest and bond 

Police in Durham issued a report that they had arrested a man for an alleged crime that occurred in 2017. The 35-year-old man was suspected of sexually assaulting a child, and he apparently lived in the area from 2017 to 2020. The Perquimans County Sheriff’s Office arrested the man and charged him with a statutory sex offense with a child, distributing tobacco to a minor and indecent liberties with a child. 

The court set a bond of $100,000, and he was released. Authorities also suspect the man may have assaulted other minor girls during the same timeframe. Officials are asking the public to provide any information regarding the man’s alleged involvement in other crimes, particularly those involving children. 

Defending himself  

Sex crimes against children are very serious charges, and the man could experience serious repercussions to his life and future that go beyond incarceration and fines. If convicted, he will have to register as a sex offender, and he will likely incur severe limitations to his liberties that may affect where he can live and work. Considering the charges against him and the amount of time that has passed since the alleged offense, he will want to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney in North Carolina for a full explanation of his rights and options.