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Fayetteville man faces indecent liberties charge

Posted June 22, 2010

— Cumberland County authorities on Monday charged a Fayetteville man accused of performing a sexual act in front of a 13-year-old girl.

Joseph Michael West, 31, of 6041 Charles Ave., was charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor in connection with the May 5 incident.

West was in the Cumberland County Detention Center Monday under a $2,000 secured bond.


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  • jpkp2003 Jun 24, 2010

    Well there is enough evidence to arrest him so I don't think any crime against a child should have a $2,000 bond. Whoever gave him that bond has totally lost their mind. I have kids and I would want him punished severly. Anyone that does any kind of sexual act with or in front of a child doesn't deserve to breath! I could care less if anyone agrees with me or not.

  • gpcatgirl Jun 23, 2010

    This day and time the 13 years olds are doing as much or more than alot adults. You never know when one of these out of control kids are either making things up or just doing it because they get caught in the act and don't want to get theirselves in trouble. Don't judge people unless you know all the details. I am not saying that it is not true I am just saying you never know.

  • NCStatePack Jun 23, 2010

    "a 31 year old creep roaming around doing sex acts in front of kids I don't believe 2k is sufficient." forest

    I'm not defending the guy's crime because I have no idea what he did and neither do you. "Performing a sex act in front of" one 13 yr old could mean a variety of things, some of which may not require a $50 billion bond. While bond serves the purposes you described, also keep in mind that it's based upon the criminal history of the suspect and credibility of the charge. I wouldn't want rapists and molesters roaming around free to pillage the community's youth, but it doesn't sound as if this is the case with this guy. There's only one incident (occurring over a month and a half ago), so I'd imagine the case isn't all that straight forward. Stop jumping to your own conclusions and imagine that this was you being charged for something you didn't do. Would you want to be immediately labelled as a child sex offender and thrown into prison because you couldn't afford bond?

  • Adelinthe Jun 22, 2010

    The $2,000 bond is criminal. Whatever judge or magistrate who set that needs to be standing tall in front of a group of their own peers.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Jun 22, 2010

    From another blog on a similar subject:

    "Anyone that could sexually exploit a minor deserves life in prison without the possibility of parole."


    "Men and women like this can not be rehabilitated..."

    The State of California tried for over a decade to rehabilitate them, and gave up saying it's part of a person's psychological makeup that cannot be changed.

    So send them to a deserted island, no tv, no internet, no cell phones - no contact from the outside world whatsoever for the rest of their lives.

    That will keep children safe from them, and THAT should be our number 1 priority.

    God bless.


  • nccrew Jun 22, 2010

    I suspect low bonds are part of what fuels the troubles that lurk down in Fayetteville.

  • Mom of two Jun 22, 2010

    We see this atleast once a week. Something neds to be done!!! And whats with $2,000 bond.

  • Adelinthe Jun 22, 2010

    31 and 13...YUCK!!!

    IF...this is true, I pray they throw the book at him. Enough of this namby pamby thinking they'll change, cause they won't. They're predators and their prey is our children.

    Praying for the child.

    God bless.


  • Myra Jun 22, 2010

    With NC Atty General Roy T Cooper at the helm of the Goodship Dept Of Justice, this molestor will be allowed to plea down and get probation only. That's what the huge majority do who molest children. Children have no value in NC ...

  • nccrew Jun 22, 2010

    NCStatePack, while I'm not sure your angle, $2000.00 secured is woefully lacking. Ajrbrb makes a good point about re-offending and the high recidivism seen with sex offenders. Bond is to serve two purposes, ensure the accused shows up to court and to protect the community/victim. In the case of a 31 year old creep roaming around doing sex acts in front of kids I don't believe 2k is sufficient. Keep in mind that kids often don’t even know how to summon help or report crime, this sick-o prays upon the helpless…and it seems you think that $2000.00 secure is enough? You know $2000.00 equals $300.00 with a bondsman…so what really we have is a $300.00 secured bond. If you think that’s appropriate then you must be the magistrate that issued the bond in the first place…

    How about a CASH bond with conditions of release set precluding him from getting near a child; something in the neighborhood of a 10k cash bond. So that if he does get out pre-trial he’ll have something held over h