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Fayetteville man charged with sex offense involving 11-year-old

Posted February 12, 2016

— Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Youth Services Unit arrested a Fayetteville man for a sexual assault involving an 11-year-old that occurred in January in the 200 block of Plymouth Street.

Celestino Lopez Hernandez, 32, was taken into custody and charged with first-degree statutory sex offense.

The 11-year-old involved in the case was an acquaintance of Hernandez, officials said.

Hernandez was being held at the Cumberland County Jail under a $1 million secured bond.

No further information has been released.


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  • Norman Lewis Feb 12, 2016
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    This is not the case of a 19 yo with a 17 yo girlfriend. No redemption is possible with an abominable crime like this. This type of situation is best resolved, if found guilty, with elimination of the individual from society forever, permanently. Where is our Governor's promise to work on reinstating the legal death penalty in North Carolina? There are over a hundred murderers on death row in this state, laughing at society while their victims lie in a grave. This child's life and peace of mind have been murdered and more murders happen because there is no fear of death as a penalty.

  • Janet Ghumri Feb 12, 2016
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    It is my belief that child sex offenders cannot be rehabilitated. I think that there is something so broken or misaligned in their psyche that they will always be a threat to society. They may learn to hide it, therapy may supress it, or medication may reduce it, but it will always be there.
    These offenders will always be susceptible to reoffend.
    They have to be removed from society if possible, incarnation may be the only way to protect our children. Again, this is just my opinion. I don't expect many people to agree with me