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Fayetteville man charged with sex crimes

Posted November 8, 2010

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— A 19-year-old Fayetteville man has been charged with sex crimes involving a 14-year-old girl, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Charles Kevin Edwards, of 2322 Ireland Drive, is accused of engaging in sexual activities with the girl between Aug. 1 and Aug. 31 at his home.

Edwards was being held under a $100,000 bond in the Cumberland County Detention Center on Monday afternoon.

Edwards is charged with statutory rape, statutory sex offense and multiple counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

Investigators said a medical examination by a physician concluded there was evidence of sexual activity. However, Edwards said he never had sexual relations with the victim.

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  • paulacapell Nov 10, 2010

    Where were her parents? Why was she there? Wake up NC!!! Does anyone remember Long Island Lolita? It is NOT inconceivable that these young girls know what they are doing! What deterrant is there for them??? They don't have anything to loose! It's only the male who pays. There should be a DSS investigation everytime something like this happens. Maybe then the female's parents would pay better attention to where their daughter's are and what they are doing!!!

  • edbuck51 Nov 9, 2010

    remember Duke LaCrosse, don't rush to judgement until all the facts are out

  • gingerlynn Nov 9, 2010

    People need to teach their sons the law. I know it's not fair, but until it is changed, they young men need to stay away from girls that they arent positive are 16. (Driving, in college, working, something) Otherwise RUN RUN away because even if SHE wants it, HE is the one who will end up on WRAL.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 9, 2010

    In New Hampshire, the "woman" just needs to be 13 to get married and therefore have sex. For several other states, it's 14.

    If the age is truly the problem here and "too young is just too young", what's the difference if you're married or not?

  • SO LOW Nov 9, 2010

    rlee- because he is an ADULT!!!!!!! She is NOT!!!!! He needs to use better judgement; no matter if she wanted it or not. He's 19 and should know right from wrong!!!!!!!!

    Her parents need to take her behind the pole shed with a belt oh but then they would be in trouble.

  • rlee1117 Nov 9, 2010

    I AGREE WHY DONT THESE WILLING GIRLS GET IN TROUBLE FOR THIS? IT A SHAME EITHER WAY BUT COME ON PEOPLE WHY SHOULD IT BE ONLY THE GUY THAT GOES TO JAIL OVER THIS! WHERE WERE HER AND HIS PARENTS? IF THEY DID NOT KNOW ABOUT HER AND HIM THEN WHERE THAT PUT THE YOUNG GIRL AT? SOUNDS LIKE A TRAP OF LOVE TO ME!!

  • SM Nov 8, 2010

    "My great-grandfather was 17 when he married my great-grandmother who was 13; their first child was born a few months later, and there was nothing unusual about that back in those days."

    It also wasn't unusual for 80 year old Confederate veterans to marry 13 year old girls, which is why you saw "Confederate Widows" dying well into the 1990s.

    It was the norm then, but that doesn't mean it should be acceptable now.

  • timbo10.0 Nov 8, 2010

    "it is a 6 year rule... BUT the party has to be over 15."

    In NC, there's no statue of limitations on that, like NY, is there?

  • Adelinthe Nov 8, 2010

    tar97heel - "Either way.....19 and 14? Come on....."

    This wasn't so unusual in my day. In my great-grandparents day, it was even more the standard.

    My great-grandfather was 17 when he married my great-grandmother who was 13; their first child was born a few months later, and there was nothing unusual about that back in those days.

    God bless.

    RB

  • Adelinthe Nov 8, 2010

    What a mess!

    I normally don't do this, but...

    Was there a relationship between these two that her parents knew about???

    Where were her parents???

    Why was she at his home alone???

    I understand the charges for this, but I think if a girl goes to a place voluntarily AND performs these acts willingly, then she needs to face some consequences as well - Law enforced restriction or counseling, something.

    After all, without consequences, how does anyone learn?

    God bless.

    RB

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