Former Deputy Arrested on Child Exploitation Charges

Child Exploitation Charges

Former Deputy Arrested on Child Exploitation Charges

Former Harnett County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested on Child Exploitation Charges

Harnett County, NC – A former sheriff’s deputy in Harnett County is currently under investigation for alleged misconduct and child exploitation. Suspicions were first raised against the 35-year-old ex-officer in October 2023.

Court documents say that the accused individual “did facilitate minor… unknowing female children approximately 7 to 12 years old, to engage in sexual activity… for a live performance.”  There have been claims that he destroyed digital evidence in October, the same month when the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to these allegations.

Allegations and Legal Proceedings Against Former Officer

The former officer is accused of engaging in unlawful acts involving underage girls. On December 4, 2023, charges were officially brought against him. These comprised 10 counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of obfuscation of justice for purportedly destroying evidence.

Initially, a bond of $1 million was ordered, but this was later reduced to $500,000 during the first court appearance. The bail was posted, and the former officer was released from jail.

In response, the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office dismissed the accused from his position on November 30 due to alleged policy violations. The investigation into this case is ongoing, and authorities have stated that more charges against the former officer are possible. However, it is important to note that the accused retains the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law.

If you or a loved one is facing similar charges or have been wrongly accused of a sex offense, seek legal assistance from Patrick Roberts Law PLLC. Attorney Patrick Roberts, a reputable and formidable sex crime lawyer, will vigorously advocate for your rights and aim for the best possible outcome for your case.

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In the past, Attorney Patrick Roberts has successfully* defended a client who was wrongfully accused of a criminal offense. The initial bail amount was set at an overwhelming $1 Million, but through Mr. Roberts’ dedicated efforts, this was significantly reduced to $50,000. Subsequently, the charges were dropped even before the trial could commence.

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“I was in jail with no end in sight with a 1 million dollar bail set for crimes I did not commit.

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…Mr. Roberts was very thorough in his argument to remove the house arrest that the judge granted it even before the DA had a chance to speak. It was great to watch the DA left speechless!

…SO this case never went to trial, ALL CHARGES WERE DISMISSED and now I have my life back”

*Disclaimer: Each case is different and must be evaluated on its individual facts. Attorney Roberts works hard to assess each case individually. Prior results do not guarantee any future outcome.

The above review is not the only feedback the firm has received.


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