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Fayetteville man charged with sex crimes against sisters

Posted December 17, 2008

— A Cumberland County man, who has been in jail since September on charges of sexually molesting an 11-year old girl, now faces charges for committing similar crimes against the girl’s older sister, according to authorities.

Deputies say James David Parris, 39, of 4825 Backbay Road, arranged "cuddle time" with the sisters and touched them inappropriately.

The offenses happened on several occasions, beginning in July 2002, authorities said.

Deputies have charged Parris with 108 counts of sex crimes involving the two sisters. 

Detectives added three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, 36 counts of attempted first-degree statutory sexual offense and 36 counts of a sexual act by substitute parent; all of which were committed against the oldest sister, they said.

Authorities began investigating Parris in September after a relative of the victims reported the alleged crime against the 11-year-old.

Deputies held Parris in jail under a $100,000 bond in September. They have increased his bond to $2.8 million due to the additional charges.

He was scheduled to appear in a Cumberland County courtroom Wednesday on the new charges. 


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  • Myra Dec 17, 2008

    foghat4545, I've been following accused child sex offenders for the last 2 or 3 years and most of them are allowed to "plead down" and get probation only. I've seen a couple get away with not having to register as a sex offender. Roy T. Cooper pushes everything for sex offenders except ''prison time.'' Got to ask - why? I would say review sex offender registry to see how much time they serve (or don't serve) but there are many that post time served when the offender actually did no time at all. I keep asking myself - why? It is rare for a child sex offender to get jail time, much less a LOT of jail time. Sad but true.

  • wife-of-a-concrete-man Dec 17, 2008

    @ bella- AGREED.

  • twc Dec 17, 2008

    At the very least, he will get a broken arm when he is put in general population.

    Trust me. I've worked there.

  • georgiat28 Dec 17, 2008

    He has been sitting in jail since September and we are paying for it. He is guilty so why don't they just send him on to prison and give another sex offender his space in jail.

  • BELLA28 Dec 17, 2008

    Shouldnt this headline read U.S. CITIZEN FROM FAYETEVILLE CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES AGAINST SISTERS??? (for those that read the other news about the immigrant committing murder)

    EXACTLY! The focus should not be on residential status, but more so on criminal status.

    How typical of the media.

  • Drakula_I_G Dec 17, 2008

    Thanks to our Supremely-Uninterested Court, you can't charge this nut with a capital crime.
    Hopefully he'll get life w/o possiblity of parole.

  • JustAGirl Dec 17, 2008

    Wouldn't help, swtpea44, he could still hurt kids even if he was castrated.

  • familyfour Dec 17, 2008

    should've been 2.8 million to start with...additional charges....additional death penalty.....

    I hope those big mean boys in jail get some cuddle time with this sick-o.

    This is like the tenth one this month...what in the world....

    start diggin a hole if we can't issue death to them...drop them in it and leave.


  • big dady Dec 17, 2008

    danger to all children. stay in prison for long time and when he gets free cut hi peanuts

  • sssh.. whisper Dec 17, 2008

    I say castrate him