Man Wanted for Rape of Five Year Old

(COVE CITY, NC/CRAVEN CO.)-

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MICHAEL BRANDON BRYAN, AGE 37 PHOTO COURTESY OF CCSO. 

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s assistance in locating Michael Brandon Bryan, 37, last known address Highway 55 Cove City, NC. Michael Bryan is wanted for felony statutory rape of a child and felony statutory sex offense involving a five year old he was babysitting. Michael Bryan is operating a beige in color 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche with North Carolina registration plate PLX-6128.

FEW FAST FACTS: 

  • Bryan has a criminal background and was charged for sexual battery in 2018 on May 27.
  • Bryan was convicted of (M) Assault on a female in 2017 and given a suspended sentence per NCDPS Database.
  •  Bryan has been convicted of drug paraphernalia and possession (M) in 2001 with suspended sentencing as of 2001.
  •  The relationship to the alleged child victim nor the victim’s mother has not been made known or confirmed other than “babysitting”.

Anyone with information on Michael Bryan’s location is asked to contact the Craven County Sheriff’s Office at 252-636-6620, Craven County Communications at 252-633-2357, or your local law enforcement agency.

Craven County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to his arrest. To remain anonymous call 252-633-5141.

*photo of vehicle below is stock photo of same year and color vehicle Michael Bryan drives*

Hubert man sentenced to 50-70 years for rape of his girlfriends 11-year-old daughter

On Friday, May 31, 2019, Eddie David Lewis Jr. was found guilty of two counts of Statutory Rape of a Child by an Adult and one count of Indecent Liberties with a Child. The Honorable Judge Phyllis M. Gorham sentenced the defendant to two consecutive active sentences of a minimum of 300 months and a maximum of 420 months in the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction. This is a minimum of 50 years and a maximum of 70 years.  

Upon his release from incarceration, he will be required to register as a sex offender and enroll in satellite-based monitoring for the remainder of his natural life.

On July 28, 2017, the victim disclosed that she was being sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend and that it had been going on for approximately one year. The victim was 11 years old at the time, and the defendant was 22 years old. While the victim’s mother worked three jobs (including one overnight shift) to support the family, the defendant supervised the children within the home. Following the victim’s disclosure, her mother confronted the defendant via text message and in a controlled call at the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, where he admitted engaging in vaginal intercourse with the victim. The call was recorded and played for the jury. The victim received a medical evaluation at the Onslow County Child Advocacy Center, and she was found to have a sexually-transmitted infection. The State presented photographs, phone records, medical records, and recorded interviews in addition to the testimony offered during the trial, including that of the victim. The defendant did not present any evidence.

The jury returned verdicts as to each charge after approximately 29 minutes of deliberation. Detective Charles Parrish from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office was the lead investigator on the case. The defendant was represented by Attorney Stuart Popkin. The State was represented by Assistant District Attorney Kaelyn Avery.  This office appreciates the thorough investigation by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and for the assistance of the Onslow Child Advocacy Center.  This defendant received a minimum of 50 years in prison which sends a strong message to those who sexually abuse and assault children.    

SERIAL RAPIST: Accused robber-rapist with 13 incidents linked back to 1995

Spartanburg PD and Spartanburg Co. Sheriff’s Office made an arrest this month in a 24-year-long string of cases that began as far back as 1995. 13-incidents with 12 victims of criminal sexual conduct or attempted criminal sexual conduct. The detectives finally saw a break in solving who the serial suspect was by DNA evidence that was analyzed by SLED giving a hit. All victims were white females, ages ranging from 14-51 years old. The accused never formed a specific pattern of targeting. A first court date has not been set yet for this suspect.

(SPARTANBURG, SC)- Between 1995 and 2003, 12 women in Spartanburg County were the victims of criminal sexual conduct or attempted criminal sexual conduct. All of the offenses occurred at apartment complexes in the early morning hours, and from interviewing the victims, a suspect description was developed.

The victims in these cases described the offender as a black male, 5’10 to 6’00 tall, 160-180 pounds, well spoken, wearing dark clothing and either a ball cap or toboggan. The suspect’s actions in all the incidents were also very similar, leading investigators to believe that all the offenses were committed by the same person. Once the results of DNA analysis came back on the completed criminal sexual conduct cases, it confirmed all the incidents were committed by the same person. Despite numerous potential suspects being interviewed and their DNA collected and analyzed, the results never revealed a suspect. Further compounding the investigation is that the suspect never established a pattern, as evidenced by gaps of 16 months, 20 months, and 37 months between incidents. All the victims were white females, and their ages ranged from 14-51 years old. One of the victims was targeted twice, for a total of 13 incidents.

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Approximately six (6) months ago, investigators with both the Spartanburg City Police Department and the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office began looking at these cases from a different perspective. Officers began an aggressive new look at the cases with specific emphasis on forensic evidence. Technological advances have allowed the investigative teams to expand their capabilities and review of the cases.

Investigators from both agencies worked tirelessly reviewing all of the old cases, re-interviewing victims, identifying potential family members of possible suspects, collecting new DNA samples, and sending that evidence to the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) for analysis. SPD received a notification from SLED earlier this month that through their analysis, a suspect with a matching DNA profile had been identified. That profile matched the evidence collected from the victims in six (6) of the completed criminal sexual conduct cases.

Press Conference Live Stream with Spartanburg Herald-Journal 

For nearly 24 years, these investigators just had a sketch, statements and DNA samples collected from six incidents that matched the same person. In some of the incidents, it was a matter of no evidence to be collected or it was an attempted rape in other cases, which is why investigators couldn’t pin down who the suspect was for a long time.

The suspect was identified as Gregory Howard Frye, B/M, 121 Clint Ct., Spartanburg, SC, 29307. Frye was arrested by investigators from both agencies on April 3, 2019, and transported to the Spartanburg Police Department. Frye is charged with one count of Burglary – First Degree, Kidnapping, and Criminal Sexual Conduct – First Degree for one of the incidents in the county. Additional charges are pending, and Frye went before a magistrate, who informed him he would have to appear before a circuit court judge for arraignment at a later date.

Both Spartanburg agencies have been in contact with neighboring agencies in order to allow them to review any similar crimes in their jurisdictions. Two of Frye’s incidents occurred in the city limits of Spartanburg, and the remaining 11 incidents occurred in the county.

Here’s a map of the assaults that happened throughout Spartanburg County and the City of Spartanburg. Legend Purple: 1995 Brown: 1996 Green: 1997 Blue: 1998 Maroon: 1999 Yellow: 2002-2003

A background check shows Frye having three prior criminal charges in South Carolina, though he has several convictions for various traffic violations, including failure to stop for blue lights.  The cases were filed on 04/09/19 or 04/11/19 and a court appearance date is still pending being calendared at this time per the Spartanburg County Seventh Judicial Circuit Public Index. 

 

 

 

Outer Banks man wanted for rape of a child under age 15

Currituck County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Howard S. Bendigo, who is pictured below.

Bendigo may reside in Nags Head, N.C.. Bendigo is wanted for:

F- (Felony) Statutory Rape of Child <+= 15, and M- (Misdemeanor) Sexual Battery.

Contact the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office at 252-232-2216 if you know where the subject is.

No other details are available at this time.

Sneads Ferry couple sentenced to 31 to 47 years for rape of a child and exploitation

On March 4, 2019 in Onslow Superior Court, Matthew Maynard and Diane McCracken Maynard each pled guilty to one count of rape of a child and one count of 1st degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Judge Phyllis Gorham of New Hanover County sentenced each of these co-defendants to consecutive sentences of a minimum of 300 months (25Y) and a maximum of 420 months (35Y) and a minimum of 73 months (6Y) and a maximum of 148 months  (12Y) active sentences in the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction. These sentences total a minimum of  31 years and maximum of 47 years each.

 

 

The evidence showed that on Jan. 27, 2018, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office was contacted regarding a pornographic video that had been found saved on a common drive for internet storage through the Google web service. The video, approximately 8 minutes in length, was filmed using a cellular telephone camera and depicted the co-defendants engaging in sexual acts, including both vaginal and oral intercourse, with two children under the age of 13-years-old. Original reports stated that the child victims were “known to” the couple.

Matthew Maynard was represented by Attorney Timothy Oswalt, and Diane McCracken Maynard was represented by Attorney Stuart Popkin. The State was represented by Assistant District Attorney Kaelyn Avery.

DA Ernie Lee stated in a press release,

“This office appreciates the thorough investigation of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office. These are the type of offenses that shock the conscience and this office places a substantial amount of resources in prosecuting these crimes. ADA Kaelyn Avery did a very good job in preparing the case.”

Both parties, Matthew and Diane, each age 34 and residents of Old Folkstone Road, Sneads Ferry, NC were both arrested originally in Jan. 2018 and charged individually with:

  • (2) Counts First Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor- Felony
  • (2) Counts Statutory Rape of a Child by an Adult- Felony

To read more the original story reported by The Onslow Beat click here.

 

Man sentenced to serve a minimum of 444 months and max of 714 months for sex crimes against children.

On Feb. 7, 2019, Harvey Lee Essary, Jr. was found guilty of statutory rape of a minor, 2nd degree forcible rape, 2nd degree forcible sexual offense, and 3 counts of statutory rape of a person 13, 14, or 15 years of age. Superior Court Judge Charles H. Henry sentenced the defendant to consecutive active sentences of a minimum of 300 month and a maximum of 420 months, a minimum of 72 months and a maximum of 147 months, and a minimum of 72 months and a maximum of 147 months active sentences in the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction. The jury was impaneled on Monday, February 4, 2019 and heard three days of evidence.

The State’s evidence showed that on May 11, 2017, the victim presented at Carteret Children’s Clinic for complaints of fatigue. The victim was 17 years old at the time. The victim was informed that she was pregnant, which was confirmed by Carteret Obstetrics/Gynecology on May 12, 2017. The victim disclosed that the pregnancy was a result of vaginal intercourse with the defendant, which had been occurring since she was approximately 12 years old. The victim was interviewed at the Onslow County Child Advocacy Center, where she indicated the defendant began sexually abusing her during her 7th grade school year.

The State presented photographs, phone records, school records, medical records, and recorded interviews in addition to the testimony offered during the trial. Detective Lindsey Kensington from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office was the lead investigator on the case.

The jury returned verdicts as to each charge after approximately 24 minutes of deliberation. The defendant was represented by Attorney Walter Paramore. The State was represented by Assistant District Attorneys Kaelyn Avery and Precious Harrison-Cobb.

The State is very pleased with the strong message that this verdict and sentence presents to those who commit criminal acts against children.  

To read more on the original reports check out this story on JDNews.

Richlands man arrested for statutory rape of 13 year-old

NEWS RELEASE

This morning the Onslow County Sheriffs Office shared in a press release the arrest of a Richland’s man for statutory rape of a 13 year-old female child.

On September 26, 2018, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims’ Unit received information from West Virginia State Police that a sex offense on a minor had occurred in Onslow County during July 2018. The victim, a 13-year-old female, was raped while visiting relatives in Onslow County.

The perpetrator, Donald Richard Markl, was a family member of the victim. Once the investigation concluded, Markl was arrested November 30, 2018 without incident. Markl is 45-years-old and resides on Chappell Creek Ct. in Richlands.

Markl was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center, where he is being held under a $500,000 secured bond. He has his first court appearance on December 3, 2018.nyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Albano at 910-989-4073, Heather_albano@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018016066 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Military Police Officer of Jacksonville NC Arrested on Charges of Sexually Assaulting a Minor Family Member.

Military Police Officer attached to Camp Lejeune USMCB arrested on Statutory Rape of a 15 year old family member.

Today Onslow County Sheriff’s Office reported in an official press release this afternoon, the arrest of Jario Palacio age 42, of Dawson Cabin Road on charges of sexual assault with a minor. In an investigation that was conducted by Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit that responded it was determined that Jario Palacio with a 15 year-old-female while at the family home.  Palacio is also said to be a family member of the victim. Palacio is a military police officer aboard USMC Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC.

Palacio was out of the country when the investigation concluded on August 3, 2018 and he was arrested at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on August 7, 2018 upon return with assistance of Raleigh Durham Airport Police. From Raleigh, Palacio was transported back to Onslow County where he was officially charged before a magistrate for Statutory Rape of a Child Less Than 15 years of age. NC statutory rape law is violated when a person has consensual sexual intercourse with an individual under the age of 16. A close in age exemption exists when the perpetrator is less than 4 years older, this is also known as the “Romeo and Juliet Law”. Example, if a person is 18 and the minor is 14 or 15, the exemption could apply. That exemption doesn’t apply here in this case whatsoever as Palacio is twice plus the age of the minor family member who he engaged in consensual sex with.

Being the minor was stated to be a family member, some have asked about incest laws in NC. It honestly depends on the family relationship as in the line of kinship as well as the crime specified. Practically, in NC, you cannot engage in sexual acts with your siblings, grandparents, parents, nieces or nephews, aunts or uncles, children or step children but this law in particular doesn’t say anything about “kissing cousins”. Yet, ethically, the vast majority of us don’t recommend kissing cousins or engaging in sexual relations with them, especially as minors, even consensually because it can still land you a statutory rape charge in the state of NC. Seems to be that NC says it’s only okay if it’s your adult cousin and you’re an adult or over the age of consent which is 16 years-old.

The North Carolina code § 14-178 defines three degrees of the crime incest, each with associated punishments. The degree of the crime depends on the specifics of the crime committed, with higher degrees of the charge generally receiving harsher punishments. But no worries for you inbreeders, good ole NC says it’s perfectly fine for you to marry your first cousin as long as you aren’t double cousin kin. Double cousins means you are first cousins on your maternal and paternal lineage. Example, if your mother’s sister married your father’s brother and they have children, you cannot marry one of their off-spring (children).

Palacio is the father of the 16 year-old Dixon High school teenaged boy, David Palacio who was hit by an oncoming car crossing the street to board the school bus outside of his Dawson Cabin Road home in an accident in March 27, 2017. Jairo Palacio is married to the mother of his son and last known living together in the family home still grieving the loss of their son.

Jairo Palacio is in the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center under a $100,000 SECURED BOND.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective C. Parrish at charles_parrish@onslowcountync.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018- 013246 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.