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Convicted sex offender charged with sexual assault in Johnston County

Posted October 9, 2013

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— A 25-year-old registered sex offender was charged Sunday with sexually assaulting a 12-year-girl in Johnston County, the sheriff's office said.

David Michael Owens Jr., who is listed as homeless on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry, is charged with first-degree sex offense and taking indecent liberties with a minor in connection with an assault that happened Saturday. 

According to the sheriff's office, Owens was an acquaintance of the girl he assaulted. He was in the Johnston County jail Wednesday under a $250,000 bond.

Owens was convicted of incest with relatives in 2005 in Orange County. Four years later, he was convicted in Bertie County on two charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

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  • admyank Oct 18, 2013

    So - Unfortunately, the stain stays with you, and you're stuck with it. No job. No college. No church.

    Just exactly when do these people get any rights? If he indeed did it, then send him to prison. After he has served his time - then he needs to be able to make a living.

    If he can't make a living - he will continue to do it again.

  • silverballwiz Oct 9, 2013

    @Silverballwhiz: How many times does he have to harm little girls to put in prison for life? How many more little girls needs to suffer to satisfy those who CLAIM they are "innocent"???

    I really feel sorry for any child that is molested. It really does hurt me and if I had my way about it, it would never happen. All I am saying is hear the case. If he abused them, I agree with you, he should be locked up.. No questions asked. I do not know if he is innocent or not. Reading comments here is no wonder why I was convicted. The child in my case apologized to me that he was sorry and his own mother made him lie. I have had to live with this for 23 years. Very hard. All I am saying is make sure that he did it and have the proof to back it up. I really am not guilty and my website proves it. I even passed a polygraph test last year at my own expense. I have served all of my sentence and want my name cleared. Does that tell you anything???

  • DaddysAngel27 Oct 9, 2013

    They need to put him in jail and let him rot there!

  • tomcat27557 Oct 9, 2013

    no cure for this condition other than death. the state can't afford to keep him in jail for long and others like him. its all about the money, why do you think he was back on the street to begin with. he will be right back out again after the D.a. cuts him a deal if he pleads guilty. Jessica's law makes no difference in this state.

  • Scubagirl Oct 9, 2013

    3 strikes! KEEP HIM THIS TIME!!!!

  • anneonymousone Oct 9, 2013

    I believe that most people can change. There are lots of lovely people who ---for whatever reason--- have horrible things in their past and have gone on to make positive contributions to their communities.

    I have severe doubts about sex offenders, whether of children or adults. There seems to be something hardwired into some people that can not be uprooted. We need to find ways to offer both rehabilitation and ongoing monitoring of people repeatedly convicted of some crimes.

  • MzLadySmiling Oct 9, 2013

    Plz tell me he is going to prison for a VERY long time....
    We need to protect the children...

  • christinathefern Oct 9, 2013

    He first went to jail at 19. Then again at 24. Seems to me he doesn't wait long to get back into jail. We should all do him a favor and keep him there. I'm going to go out on a limb and bet he did this before he was 19 as well, but because he was a juvenile, those records are sealed. Also, he learned this behavior from somewhere. He's young enough, someone should be looking at who raised him....

  • dogluv3r Oct 9, 2013

    For the life of me I will never understand why molesters are not locked up forever.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Oct 9, 2013

    Why was this man FREE? Will a different judge set him free again to hurt another child - If so the judge should be found quilty of a crime also.

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