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Cary firefighter charged with sex offense at Greensboro park

Posted July 17, 2012

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— A Cary firefighter who also worked as a substitute teacher in the Wake County Public School System is facing charges after police said he had sex with a minor in the restroom of a Greensboro area park in June.

Christopher Angelo Manzo, 22, of the 600 block of Silverberry Drive in Pittsboro, is accused of engaging in sexual activity with a 14-year-old boy during an arranged meeting at Bur-Mil Park, according to the Greensboro Police Department.

Manzo, who was arrested Monday while at the Cary Police Department, was released to the custody of Greensboro police and charged with statutory sex offense and two counts of indecent liberties with a minor.

He was in the Greensboro jail late Monday under a $100,000 bond, reduced from $150,000.

A spokeswoman for the town of Cary said Tuesday that Manzo has been a firefighter since September 2008. He remains employed there and was arrested while on duty, she said.

A spokeswoman for Wake County schools confirmed he was a substitute teacher from Feb. 13, 2012, to June 7, 2012, but is currently not approved to provide substitute services in schools.

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  • dougvought Jul 18, 5:33 p.m.

    What is it with all these commenters making broad statements with no evidence to back up their claims? "He probably..." is your opinion, but it's not a very good one. An opinion still needs evidence to be credible.

    Who am I kidding, though. You guys aren't reporters for a reason.

  • dougvought Jul 18, 5:17 p.m.

    That is not how nature is set up. It's how *you* think nature is set up, but biological scientists with many years of experience know this not to be the case. If nature is set up like this, please provide evidence from a credible scientific source (the bible is not a credible scientific source--it is the outline for a belief system that not everyone follows).

  • LuvLivingInCary Jul 18, 12:41 p.m.

    anyone that believes you do not get to guess your sexualty is correct. you are born heterosexual and that's the way nature sets it up.

  • warbirdlover Jul 18, 11:06 a.m.

    Bubba, please join the 21st Century. People don't choose their sexuality by experimenting with different genders. You are either born "Straight or Homosexual" please tell us all about the day you decided to become straight and not homosexual. You can't can you. You just knew from an early age you were attracted to the opposte gender. No different than homosexuals whom knew that they were attracted to same gender as themselves at an early age. They are born that way. Bisexuals are attracted to both genders in the same manner.

  • jblake1932 Jul 18, 10:53 a.m.

    piene2: You have no clue.

  • piene2 Jul 18, 10:33 a.m.

    "Until 1995, in NC, this wouldn't have been illegal (well, the age, not necessarily sodomy) For God's sake, put this in perspective. Do you remember being 14? Don't blame him as an aggressor. And certainly don't malign him for being gay or bi. My God........he's 22 and looks like a KID!
    tar97heel"

    How dare you bring common sense into this discussion! You will interfere with everyone's pontification.

  • Mon Account Jul 18, 10:32 a.m.

    "He is in the vanguard of the next perversion that seeks legitimacy - wait for it." - abbynork

    I think child molestation will NEVER be one of the 'perversions that seeks legitimacy'. Think back to recent history and what was considered a perversion then is not considered one now. Interracial marriage, women working with men... heck- Elvis Presley. Our culture is so wound up with 'morality' that we can't even define it anymore. Other than when one sick and twisted individual does something terrible we say it's a perversion and then jump to slam the flood gates closed against nothing that is actually around the corner.

    What is it that you are afraid of based on the actions of this one guy, and a very few calling for age-of-consent to be lowered?

  • LuvLivingInCary Jul 18, 10:01 a.m.

    i think wcpss needs to do an investigation to see if steps were skipped in this guys hiring because of high level administration saying hire my son. it never hurts to look at things closer.

  • tootiefrootie Jul 18, 9:07 a.m.

    Stunning. I sent in my application backed with kudos from Wake County Public School employees a year ago to become qualified to sub and this creep gets to teach the kids. Incredible.

  • linspace Jul 18, 9:01 a.m.

    He is in the vanguard of the next perversion that seeks legitimacy - wait for it.
    abbynork

    I agree.. give it time.. another perversion will be legislated as normal soon.. like you said.. There was a post yesterday after this story broke how the age of consent should be lowered to 14. That is step one for these perverts... wait for it

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