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19-year-old Eagle Springs man charged with statutory rape

Posted May 4

Christian Parker Newman, of 590 Sawgrass Road, Eagle Springs, was charged with felony statutory rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the Moore County Sheirff's Office.
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— Moore County deputies on Wednesday charged a 19-year-old with the rape of a 14-year-old female victim.

Christian Parker Newman, of 590 Sawgrass Road, Eagle Springs, was charged with felony statutory rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the Moore County Sheirff's Office. Newman was given a $10,000 secured bond.

Newman's first court appearance is scheduled for May 24.

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  • Solomon Mcdonald May 5, 7:35 a.m.
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    I'm assuming that since it's statutory rape, it was consensual, and the girl was under 16. Unfortunately, many teenage boys do not know the law, and the girl's parents are just seeking revenge for having a sexually active daughter.

  • Fanny Chmelar May 4, 4:27 p.m.
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    So little information.

    Did he force himself on her, or is this a "mom and dad found out their baby girl went all the way"? The "delinquency" part kind of makes this lean toward consensual sex... something which shouldn't stop this young man's life in its tracks. For years and years and years to come.

    I had a friend get duped by an underage guy exchanging sexts - he claimed to be 25... and looked that age. My friend is now: unemployable, on the sex offenders list, and can't leave the county without checking in (that means, "want to go to Southpoint and shop?" actually means "hold on, I have to check in with the government for approval". Can't even have alcohol in the house - and all at a price tag of $60,000 - almost lost his house.

    The parents apologized for their 15 year old son when they found out the reality of the situation, and tried to have all charges dismissed, but these "mandatory" laws meant zero leeway - and zero punishment for the minor, or the parents.

  • Johnathan Gault May 4, 4:05 p.m.
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    In the 19th century this was known as "courting." Do you know how many farm girls were wed at 14, 15 and 16 and raised successful children and had happy marriages? By today's definitions my maternal grandfather would have been a sex offender. He was 26 my grandmother 16, they raised 8 children, all were successful and lived the American dream. Plus, did this man know her age? He ought to pay a fine, and go to counseling. To charge him with statutory rape and put him on the sex offender list is unjust. Just how far are we going to go in society to appease some misguided vindictive feminists? If convicted this guy's life will be ruined. We will be paying for his shelter and food, because this type of conviction essentially makes him un-employable.

    Are we so jaded we do not have any grace, where we want to permanently punish people for mistakes they make at 19?