Cherry Point Marine arrested for sexual assault

(ONSLOW CO.)- A New Bern man was arrested for sexual assault this past week that occurred in July at the victim’s birthday party. OCSO responded to a report of sexual assault at OMH.

A marine who resides in New Bern, stationed at Cherry Point was arrested this past Thursday, Oct. 4, 2019 for sexual assault that occurred this summer in July.

July 28th OCSO deputies responded to Onslow Memorial Hospital due to a report of a sexual assault that occurred.

The victim of the sexual assault hosted a birthday party where the investigation revealed that the accused, Jamie Amilcar Amaya forced himself upon the victim.

Amaya, 29-years-old of Gurten Street in New Bern, was arrested October 4, 2019 without incident. Amaya was taken before a magistrate where he was charged with the following:

  • (2) Counts Second Degree Forcible Sexual Offense-Felony
  • Sexual Battery-Felony

Amaya was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $20,000 unsecured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Lawrence at 910-989-4066, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019011045 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.

SVU and FBI investigation lead to two arrests for sex crimes against children

Two Jacksonville men were arrested on charges of sexually related crimes against children in two separate incidences. The FBI and OCSO SVU collaborated in this effort.

Two Onslow County men have been arrested on criminal charges for child pornography and taking indecent liberties with minors, in two separate incidences on the same day.

Tuesday, July, 9, 2019, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office SVU (Special Victim’s Unit) assisted the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sexual Exploitation Task Force in an investigation and execution of a search warrant at the home of Matthew James Jones.

As a result of the search warrants execution, the seizure of computer devices that contained numerous pornographic digital photographs and video footage of minor children. The investigation, as well as examination of forensic evidence seized is still on-going.

Jones, 55-years-old of Stillwood Circle in Jacksonville, was taken into custody without incident. He was taken before a magistrate where he was charged on a total of  (8) counts:

  • (4) Counts Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
  • (4) Counts Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
Photo Courtesy of OCSO: Jones

UPDATE: (3:22pm)- The Onslow Beat received a tip that Matthew James Jones is employed by the Family Dollar store located at 8699 Richlands Highway, 28574, NC as the Head Store Manager. Freelance Reporter to The Onslow Beat, Bonnie Roman reached out for a statement from staff at the Richlands Family Dollar location. The staff member said, “We are on strict orders from corporate not to discuss this matter.” The staff member did also say, “We are all in shock.”

Bonnie asked additional questions in light of public concern.

Are there hidden cameras in the store restroom? What about use of the store computer?
She was informed that the store does not have Wi-Fi and the only computer in the store is for corporate operations, like inventory tracking and store applications. So from this, nothing in the store could be seized and there are no hidden cameras in the store restroom.

The NCDPS shows no history of priors.

Bond for Jones $10,000 secured.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Det. Johnston at 910-989-4047 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019010096 when calling.


In the second, unrelated arrest on Tuesday,  July 9, 2019, deputies responded to a domestic call regarding argument between a female caller and her boyfriend.

OCSO Deputies learned that the boyfriend, Robert Daniel Wagner had inappropriately touched and photographed children known to him. Wagner, 33-years-old of Avon Drive in Hubert was arrested on-site, taken before a magistrate and charged with (2) two charges:

  • (1) Count Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
  • (1) Count Indecent Liberties with a Child.

This investigation and the forensic examination of the evidence seized in relation to this arrest is still ongoing.

Photo Courtesy of OCSO: Wagner

The NCDPS database shows no priors.

We will continue to update on this suspect as information comes available.

Bond for Wagner $20,000 secured.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Det. Kensington at 910-989-4029 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019010099 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.

 

 

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.    

18-year-old man arrested for statutory rape of a child 15-years-old or younger

Onslow Co. Sheriff’s Office released today that On February 5, 2019 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a statutory sex offense that had occurred in January of this year.

The victim’s mother reported her minor child had been sexually assaulted by an 18-year-old. Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit investigated the allegation and identified the suspect. Both the victim and suspect were known to each other prior to the incident.

On May 14, 2019, a warrant was obtained for Bryce Dawson English of Snow Goose Lane in Sneads Ferry. English turned himself in later that day and was taken before a magistrate and charged with Statutory Rape of a Child 15 Years or Younger.

English was committed to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Sgt. Albano at 910-989-4073, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019001866 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.

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.