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Chatham man faces 32 counts of sex crimes

Posted May 31, 2011

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— A Chatham County man was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct that occurred over at least a five-year period, investigators said Tuesday.

Bernard Ryan Jr., 60, of 1740 Elmer Road in Bonlee, was arrested following a two-month investigation involving sexual assaults involving two children.

The investigation started after Chatham County sheriff's deputies received complaints from the victims' family members.

Ryan was arrested last week on 16 counts of first-degree sexual offense on a child under the age of 13 and also on 16 counts of indecent liberties with a child.

He was being held in the Chatham County jail without bond pending a District Court appearance on July 11.

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  • gpcatgirl Jun 3, 2011

    I don't agree that most of these accused offenders are older white men. They come in all ages and colors.

  • TheAdmiral Jun 1, 2011

    "Trying not to stereotype, but most of these offenders seem to be older..."

    Then you are not watching the Felony picture roll that WRAL provides. There was an offender on there who was 18.

    Just remember you political correct liberals - this is what you really mean when you say "Sexual Preference" and "Sexual Orientation"

    Just remember Political Correct Liberals - there are people like this coming after YOUR children!

  • NoObamaCare Jun 1, 2011

    Trying not to stereotype, but most of these offenders seem to be older, White males. I fit that description, but just don't understand the mentality behind this sickness. They cannot be rehabilitated either. Throw him to the wolves!

  • sczarnecki Jun 1, 2011

    Can't you find a women, instead of innocent children!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 31, 2011

    itsmyown - "This sort of thing has been going on forever, readerman, it's just that now children are no longer as afraid to talk."

    Yes, and also - there's more media coverage of it then in the past.

    I went to school with a girl who was one of 13 children. The father raped every single one of the girls before they reached 10 years of age and had regular sex with them after that until they could get out of the home.

    The mother claimed to be bedridden and said she never knew. Few believed her. She WAS ill, but no one thought she was THAT ill that she could never get out of bed except to go to the bathroom.

    The oldest two ended up banding together to try to get the youngest girls out of the house before they reached the age that would draw his interest and were basically stopped from doing so because of state laws back then. It was a huge tragedy!

    Thank God things have changed in most places in the US.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 31, 2011

    "Ryan was arrested last week on 16 counts of first-degree sexual offense on a child under the age of 13 and also on 16 counts of indecent liberties with a child."

    Disgusting!!!

    Why do we let those convicted of crimes like this live among people ever again?

    Boggles the mind...

  • itsmyownopinion May 31, 2011

    This sort of thing has been going on forever, readerman, it's just that now children are no longer as afraid to talk.

  • readerman May 31, 2011

    There seem to be so many of these cases lately.

  • MudLife May 31, 2011

    Sickening pure disgusting. He'll get his that's for sure in prison where he belongs. Those poor children.