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Detectives: Fayetteville man used 'cuddle time' to molest girl

Posted September 29, 2008

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— Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives charged a Fayetteville man on Monday with sexually molesting an 11-year-old girl.

James David Parris, 39, of 4825 Backbay Road, surrendered to law enforcement officials.

Detectives said they began investigating Parris after a relative of the victim reported the alleged crime.

Parris allegedly arranged “cuddle time” with his victim and touched her inappropriately, detectives said. The offenses allegedly happened in June.

Authorities charged Parris with first-degree statutory sex offense, taking indecent liberties with a minor and committing sexual acts by a substitute parent. More charges were pending, they said.

Authorities held him in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the detention center courtroom.

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  • moomanfl Oct 2, 2008

    Well, ulterior motives would assume that an 11 year old girl is lying. Not much assumption of innocence there for the supposed victim either. I could see if you were with any judgement what-so-ever... however you aren't doing that. Sounds instead as if you have a bias and an agenda. Could you be family of his perchance?

    By the way, just as innocent people are sometimes charged... also it is very common for the guilty to make claims of being "framed" which is essentially what you are doing on his behalf. As a matter of fact, false claims of being framed seem to be more prevalent than charging of the innocent.

    It will be interesting to see what comes out in court.

  • whateverhappendtojustice Oct 1, 2008

    You're right, I wasn't there. But I know James, I know the family, I know the circumstances behind these charges, and he is innocent. My problem is people demonizing whoever they see in the media that's been arrested for something, not bothering to take into account the fact that our justice system is supposed to be set up so that people are innocent until proven guilty. Child molesters do deserve to be punished severely, but James David Parris is not a child molester. Like I said, I know him, I know the family, I know the situation. He is being taken advantage of for ulterior motives, which will come out in court.

    INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY...nice concept, too bad it isn't reality.

  • finesse187 Sep 30, 2008

    whateverhappenedtojustice,

    How do you know that he didn't commit these crimes. I mean were you there? If not then you can't absolutely say that he didn't do it. As for people saying he's guilty everyone's entailed to their own opinion just as you are in saying he's innocent. If he is found not guilty then great but you should not criticize others for voicing their opinion.

  • whateverhappendtojustice Sep 30, 2008

    Yeah let's all jump on the band wagon and burn him at the stake...how'd that work out for the Salem With Trials?

    James David Parris did NOT commit these crimes. He is an innocent man, who is being falsely charged. It's too bad that so many people are all too willing to accept what the media and police say without considering someone may not be guilty.

    INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY...at least that SUPPOSED to be the American way.

  • pebbles262004 Sep 30, 2008

    ------------------------------------------------------------
    --------------------I AGREE WITH REV ON HER STATEMENT BELOW..HE WILL GET ALL THE CUDDLE TIME HE WANTS NOW HOPEFULLY AND AS FOR THE LITTLE GIRL I HOPE THAT SHE WILL BE ABLE TO RECOVER AND HAVE A GREAT LIFE

    $100,000 bond not high enough; should always be a million dollars in child rape or molestation cases.

    And the sentence should always be 25 years with no possibility of parole. PERIOD!!!

    I'm so tired of handling criminals with kid gloves and exposing our children once again to the danger of being around them in just a couple of years.

  • whateverhappendtojustice Sep 30, 2008

    Whatever happened to "Innocent until proven guilty"? I know James David Parris, and he never would have done these things. The great thing about our justice system is that people should get a fair trial, too bad that isn't true with the media. Previous posters assume he is guilty, and post accordingly, when you have absolutely NO IDEA about the facts of what's going on. Maybe if you knew him, knew the family, knew the situation, you'd see that these charges are totally bogus, and his innocence will come through in court. The police arrested someone for charges that are false, and now the media has portrayed him as a bad guy. Too bad there really is no such thing as a fair trial in today's America. For the previous posters, and the things you've posted, maybe you should think about the fact that the things you've thought are about an INNOCENT person. He did not do these things.

    INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY...remember?

  • irishgirlsarepretty Sep 29, 2008

    Yeah what Rev said!

  • wine_girl Sep 29, 2008

    this is disgusting- he is disgusting...
    no one ever "cuddled" me when i was 11...
    i do sometimes APPROPRIATELY cuddle with my son... but come on now...he is 4!

  • bluebird1075 Sep 29, 2008

    SICK, SICK , SICK!!!!!!!

  • pinklady-1 Sep 29, 2008

    amen rev!

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