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.    

Sex offender arrested in MD for 54 counts of sexual related offenses against a minor child in Scotland Co. NC

(SCOTLAND CO.,NC)- On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigative Division, obtained criminal arrest warrants against, Cornelius Godfrey Brennecke, 44, of Baltimore, Maryland, in reference to (27) counts of felony First Degree Sexual Offense Against a Minor Child and (27) counts of felony Sexual Activity by a Substitute Parent.

Brennecke was a resident of Scotland County from 2010 through 2012. Brennecke resided in the area of Corbit Road and Andrew Jackson Highway, of Laurel Hill, NC and Laurinburg, NC. Brennecke was a registered sex offender when he moved to Scotland County, and was required to register with the sheriff’s office in which he did report. Brennecke allegedly resided with a family in Scotland County which included an adult female whom he was allegedly romantically involved with. Brennecke allegedly sexually assaulted the child residing in this home, on more than one occasion, a minor child who was alleged to be six years old at the time the offenses started.

Brennecke was previously charged in Scotland County for violations of his sexual offender registry requirements, and later, relocated back to the state of Maryland. Brennecke was recently arrested in the state of Maryland for sexual acts against a child which, the Maryland State Police reported additional incidents for the county of Scotland, that were discovered during the minor child’s interviews that were conducted in Maryland.

Brennecke is currently an inmate in the state of Maryland at a local detention facility, awaiting judicial proceedings in his many counts of felony crimes involving sexual acts with a child. Maryland State Police agreed to work with the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, and attempt to assist the sheriff’s office in the extradition process legally.

Brennecke awaits extradition to the State of North Carolina, where he will be brought before a magistrate in the county of Scotland.

Laurinburg man arrested on 12 felony counts of indecent liberties and sexual abuse allegations with minors under age 14

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, Thomas Marshall Brooks Jr., of 1006 Scottsdale Road, Laurinburg, NC, was arrested for 12 counts of Felony Indecent Liberties with a Minor Child. These charges came from the Scotland County Grand Jury, having found probable cause for the issuance of these indictments which occurred, Monday, April 29, 2019.

Thomas Marshall Brooks Jr.

In 2018, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office received a criminal complaint against Brooks for sexual acts involving a minor child. Upon the criminal investigative unit conducting an extensive investigation, three minor female children were identified. These children were under the age of 14 during all alleged incidents. Brooks allegedly sexually abused these three minor children, over the course of several years. These incidents allegedly occurred within the personal residence belonging to Brooks, the former church of one of the victims, and at family friends residence.

Cpt. Sadovnikov completed the investigation and turned it over to the Scotland County District Attorney’s Office for investigative review and having requested their office to make a determination of probable cause in the fall of 2018. This having occurred, due to a potential conflict of interest regarding Brooks and his contact with local families including law enforcement. This was done so for the integrity of the investigation and the preservation of justice for the victims involved in this investigation. The Scotland County District Attorney’s Office found probable cause, and sent the indictments forward to grand jury.

Brooks appeared in front of the magistrate after turning himself in when requested to do so and was arrested. Brooks was given an unsecured $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in the coming weeks.

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.

Jacksonville man arrested for sex trafficking a minor child

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Onslow County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Services
717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 989-4055 or (910) 989-4070

RELEASE DATE: 10/23/2018

NEWS RELEASE

A Jacksonville man has been arrested on numerous human trafficking charges in Onslow County.

On October 20, 2018 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit, Drug Enforcement Unit, Jacksonville Police Department, Department of Homeland Security and the FBI conducted a joint investigation after receiving a tip about a runaway juvenile. Through the investigation, it was learned that a minor female was being held against her will and photographed for the purpose of taking part in sexual acts in exchange for money.

Detectives identified the victim’s location and conducted an undercover operation to take her into safety. During the operation, it was learned that Jajci Mechito Johnson II was keeping the victim against her will and forcing her to commit sex acts for money. Johnson, 30-years-old of Derby Run Road, Jacksonville was taken into custody and arrested. His charges include:

Human Trafficking of a Child Victim-Felony
Sexual Servitude of a Child Victim-Felony
Promotion of Prostitution of a Minor for Profit-Felony
(2) Counts Promotion of Prostitution of a Minor-Advanced-Felony

Johnson was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $800,000 secured bond. He was previously dishonorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps.

The investigation is ongoing, and no further information can be released at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Parrish at charles_parrish@onslowcountync.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018017339 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.

***Will update as details become available.

#STOPHUMANTRAFFICKING #STOPSEXTRAFFICKING

Repeat sex offender charged with multiple offenses sending digital images of own child.

In July, The Onslow Beat published a story on Chasity D. Meeks, Chasity D. Keeter, (Chasity Dawn) (aliases) for an arrest on July 11, 2018, by Onslow County Sheriff’s Department for arson at their Firetower Rd. residence at that time in the Southwest area of Jacksonville, NC.

Since this occurrence, The Onslow Beat has maintained a track of observation on matters involving the cases between Meeks (Keeter) and her brother William Glen Roop who she and her husband Preston Keeter accused of molesting their 10-year-old son earlier this year near the family home.

Meeks and her husband have also filed criminal charges and civil no-contact order papers in Onslow County Court against Glen Roop (her brother). On August 27, 2018, in Onslow County Civil Court Chasity D. Keeter presented a “show cause” against her brother Glen from a No-Contact Order that was issued in Onslow County Court by the honorable Judge Carol Jones. During this show cause hearing, Chasity Keeter went after her brother Glen on the stand with screenshots and alleged, hot claims of text messages sent from an app “Text Now”, that Roop claims he did not send. Now, here is a little more depth to this situation, in many conversations with Mr. Roop, it is apparent in a number of interviews and conversations that he is not a very tech savvy kind of guy or competent in that area as accused. Mr. Roop has received a number of misdemeanor charges in the last three months for cyberstalking and communicating threats and due back in Onslow County Court 11/01/18 as a defendant in cases with his sister (Chasity) and her husband (Preston).

In more discovery, this month, Chasity Dawn Meeks (Keeter) was arrested on October 5th on a warrant issued on October 4. 2018 by Jacksonville Police Department with (5) total counts and (3) three offenses which in part out of Alamance County, NC and combination of the Jacksonville Police Department agency:

  • (2) Felony second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor –

ALAMANCE NCG.S 14-190.17 Court Date: 12/19/18

ONSLOW Court Date: 10/29/18

  • (2 )Felony disseminate obscenity-

ALAMANCE. NCG.S 14-190.1 Court Date: 12/19/2018

ONSLOW Court Date: 10/29/18

ONSLOW Court Date: 10/29/18

Meeks (Keeter) has been charged on accusations of distribution of a photo of the 10-year old boy, who has been confirmed to be her natural child, exposing himself to two others per the arrest warrant.

The warrant reads, “I, the undersigned, find that there is probable cause to believe that honor about the date of offense shown and in the county named above the defendant named above unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did knowingly and intentionally possess obscene material, DIGITAL IMAGES OF HER 10 YEAR OLD SON WITH HIS SHIRT HELD UP WITH NO PANTS ON OR UNDERWEAR ON, EXPOSING HIMSELF, with the purpose and intent of disseminating it unlawfully.

I, the undersigned, find that there is probable cause to believe that honor about the date of event shown and in the county named above the defendant named above unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did distribute PRESTON KEETER AND DEBRA MEEKS NUTTER material containing a visual representation of a minor, -MINOR CHILDS NAME LISTED- (10 YEARS OLD), engaged in sexual activity, CONSISTING OF A PHOTOGRAPH OF -MINOR CHILDS NAME LISTED- WITH HIS PANTS DOWN, the defendant knowing the materials content.”
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Patin Fields autopsy and investigative report deems death a homicide and evidence of sexual assault.

Patin Fields death ruled a HOMICIDE and evidence present of sexual assault from medical examiners reports.

ME report

This afternoon we received the official Medical Examiner’s investigative reports for Patin Fields. Patin Renee Fields was just 5 years old at the time of the untimely and heinous acts leading to her death that’s been ruled a homicide. The Medical Examiner’s investigative reports confirm that Patin did, in fact, suffer strangulation. 

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Patin Renee Fields, age 5. 

The investigative report and the autopsy report that was released today gave us more details and perspective on the gruesome circumstances involving this young child’s death. From the medical examiner’s summary, the girl’s family took her to Pender Memorial Hospital on November 13, 2017, with complaints of seizure activity and an alerted mental status. She was transported by car with family after the family allegedly could not reach 9-11 due to a “busy line” from what close sources have told us previously.  The autopsy report states specifically a “diffuse acute cerebral hypoxic injury” as well as “ligature strangulation”. Diffuse acute cerebral hypoxic injury refers to oxygen deprivation in the brain. In this case specifically, the autopsy report states, “there is severe cerebellar tonsillar coning; there is moderate to severe upward vermal softening/herniation into the quadrigeminal cistern is noted. There is a severe reduction in lateral ventricle size; a severe reduction in the size of the fourth ventricle is also recognized.”  This is referencing the cerebellum portion which is at the rear, lower portion of the brain and the entire brain is usually deprived an adequate oxygen supply yet deprivation, not at a totality. Survival from this type of brain injury is majorly unforeseen. This is usually a result of hanging, strangulation, carbon monoxide poisoning or near drowning. Ligature strangulation is a form of asphyxia caused by constriction of the neck by ligature without suspending the body. Pulling a U-shaped ligature against the front and sides of the neck while standing at the back can cause death. There are two types: (1) strangulation by ligature, and (2) manual strangulation or throttling.  Symptoms of this are sudden and violent compression of the windpipe causing immediate insensibility and death. A person suffering from this type of injury can experience buzzing in ears, congestion and/or cyanosis in the head, vertigo, tingling, muscle weakness, bleeding from the mouth, nose, and ears, clenching hands and convulsions before death occurs. 

Homicidal Strangulation is common in murder. Many victims are frequently associated with sexual interference. Typically only one turn of ligature around the neck, with one or more knots at the front or side of the neck. When two or more firm knots, each being on separate turns of the ligature, homicide is nearly certain. (Forensic Pathology, 2013)

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