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Fayetteville sex offender accused of contacting victims

Posted January 6, 2011

— Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives arrested a registered sex offender after he allegedly contacted his victims via MySpace, authorities announced Thursday.

Tony Michael English, 33, of 741 Helen St. in Fayetteville, is charged with violating the terms of his probation and felonious use of a commercial social networking website by a registered sex offender.

He allegedly tried to reconnect with his former child victims via MySpace and sent them private messages, detectives said. 

English said he saw nothing wrong with what he’d done, since the victims were “no longer under-age,” according to authorities.

He was placed in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond and will make a first court appearance at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Detention Center Courtroom.


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  • carrboroyouth Jan 7, 2011

    djofraleigh, drinking in college has nothing has nothing to do with this - people in college are adults.

    These crimes here are against children, and likely against their will. Totally different.

  • mistyllaneous Jan 6, 2011

    And being held accountable is unfortunately for them what will happen the rest of their life. Our neighbors 4 houses down let a 4 time convicted sex offender move into our neighborhood. This offender walks up and down our street every night with his wife and daughter. I have made it very plain and clear to him who I am, where I live, and what he can expect if he walks in my yard. I have his picture hanging on our back door as a reminder. Sad fact, but after his raping 4 males he deserves to be called out by his actions and be held responsible. Unfortunately, for us, he has rights and he can roam freely in our neighborhood. It makes me sick but it's today's laws. He was very upset that I approached him and he didn't like it but I am sure those poor 4 boys didn't like what they got. We have GOT to stand up to this.

  • mistyllaneous Jan 6, 2011

    I disagree in that ALL sex offenders should be listed and held accountable regardless of age. IF he is 16 and she is 18 or vice versus it shouldn't make a difference. Whether your a parent to your kids or not ALL of us know the basics laws of the land. It's a choice you make when you choose to have sex with some one. All sex offenders should be held accountable for the rest of the their lives even if they served their jail time and paid their debt to society. They know what they are doing.

  • JAT Jan 6, 2011

    This man is a danger to all children and adults. $25k is no where near enough bond.

  • BigUNCFan Jan 6, 2011

    "a parent abducting his/her children from the custodial parent"


    That would be kidnapping and have charges for that but it would not be a sexual crime.

  • wildcat Jan 6, 2011

    Send him to prison for a long while.

  • wwyoud Jan 6, 2011

    I don't agree that all sex offenders should be locked up. Keep in mind the definition - it includes an 18 yo dating a 16 yo, a parent abducting his/her children from the custodial parent...yes, repeat sexual predators should be monitored somehow, but not all "sex offenders" deserve to be punished after doing their jail time.

  • JKKC Jan 6, 2011

    mfarmer1, imagine if it were your child......

    Folks, there is a very simple solution to how a mojority of this could easily be solved, BE A PARENT TO YOUR CHILD, not a friend. It is our job and our right to know everything about our childrens life. We don't need to follow them into the bathroom, but we do need to be with them when they are online on anything. We do need to know where they are at all times, and why we do this. Don't like it child, move out after you graduate High School, until then, my rules rule, conversation over. And, "YES", you are right, I'm the meanest\worst parent ever!!!

  • dcatz Jan 6, 2011


    Looks like a new record. 35 separate offenses.

  • kewlmom Jan 6, 2011

    Those poor kids were re-victemized when they realized who had messaged them on myspace. Can't agree w/ you more, jinx.