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Fayetteville man charged with sexually assaulting 11-year-old girl

Posted September 18, 2012

— Cumberland County deputies on Monday arrested a 20-year-old Fayetteville man in connection with the June sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl. 

Leonardo Emmanuel Leon Galvez, of 2622 Cabana Drive, faces two counts of statutory rape, two counts of statutory sex offense, four counts of sexual activity by substitute parent and one count of indecent liberties. 

According to investigators, Galvez assaulted the girl several times between June 16 and July 5 at a home belonging to her relative. 

Galvez was in the Cumberland County jail under a $300,000 bond Tuesday and was expected to make his first court appearance at 2:30 p.m.


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  • bluecanary Sep 18, 2012

    Also, I don't understand why it seems like other people can spew the most racist, crude comments they want, including calling people out personally, but no comment I ever make no matter how reasonable seems to make it through the moderation process. So, a bunch of comments by pedophiles about how the victim asked to be raped are AOK by WRAL standards, but a comment pointing out how ridiculous that is isn't published?

  • christy2moore Sep 18, 2012

    To clarify the statute: A 20 year old stepbrother/sister (cousin/aunt/uncle), engages in any of the below listed acts with a minor (under 18) who lives in the house. It's not based on relationship of vic. to perp., but rather custody (authority) over the minor.

  • christy2moore Sep 18, 2012

    Any person in charge of / responsible for the acts of a minor. See Statute Below:

    NCGS 14-27.7 "If a defendant who has assumed the position of a parent in the home of a minor victim engages in vaginal intercourse or a sexual act with a victim who is a minor residing in the home, or if a person having custody of a victim of any age or a person who is an agent or employee of any person, or institution, whether such institution is private, charitable, or governmental, having custody of a victim of any age engages in vaginal intercourse or a sexual act with such victim."

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 18, 2012

    four counts of sexual activity by substitute parent

    What do this particular above line means? Anyone?

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 18, 2012

    young man was or continues to be abused by a member or so called good friend of the family!


    Lets keep the focus on the underage 11 year old. She is the victim that was harmed. Stop making excuses for this grown man of 20. Maybe he was abused but that is no excuse to abuse or harm underage girls. I will admit that he do need serious help/counseling or whatever it takes to help him so that he will not do this again.

  • OneLove Sep 18, 2012

    I'm still confused by "four counts of sexual activity by substitute parent" Is he her step-dad or what? He's twenty.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 18, 2012

    Regardless that he "may" have been abused himself in his life, that did not give him the go ahead to abuse this young girl. That is just a typical excuse he is using. He knew right from wrong.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 18, 2012

    times between June 16 and July 5 at a home belonging to her relative.

    I do hope justice is served to this 20 year old man. In a relatives house, where was any other adults? Its a shame when you your children are not safe around their relatives, that parents have to always be on guard. What is this world coming to? I also hope with proper counseling the young girl will be OK in time.

  • danunger Sep 18, 2012

    Not real sure I buy into he was abused so he will be an abuser. Too easy of a way out. He is 20 years old and made a conscious decision...more than once. In a cage, toss the key away.

  • jafarmg2 Sep 18, 2012

    The only victim here is an innocent 11 year old girl!