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Fayetteville woman charged for allowing minor near sex offender

Posted December 20, 2012

— Cumberland County authorities have arrested and charged a Fayetteville woman for caring for a minor in her home where a registered sex offender lived. 

According to investigators, 58-year-old Rebecca Ferrer said she knew that her husband, 58-year-old Manuel Ferrer, had a prior conviction for a sex offense in New Jersey during a nine-year period in which he allegedly abused a child in their Reno Drive home. 

Between 2003 and 2012, the victim moved in and out of the home several times, investigators said. The victim also alleges that Rebecca Ferrer and her husband told her to hide when deputies visited the home to conduct compliance checks. 

Manuel Ferrer was arrested on Dec. 4 and charged with 22 felony counts, including first-degree rape of a child, first-degree statutory rape, sex offense in a parental role, crimes against nature and indecent liberties with a minor.

Manuel Ferrer is in the Cumberland County jail under a $1.4 million secured bond. 

Rebecca Ferrer was arrested Wednesday and released on a $3,000 bond. She will go before a judge in Cumberland County Thursday. 

According to the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry, Ferrer was convicted in another state in 1995 and listed on the registry since 2005. His victim was 18 or older.

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  • jblake1932 Dec 20, 4:46 p.m.

    lasm: I am confused on the article also. Terrible content and journalism report writing.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 20, 4:00 p.m.

    Even though he was her husband, by law he is a child predator and is on the list. She knew better and took her chances. So glad she was caught. She should have met her husband anywhere but where she lives. Then she would not have been charged. But she put the child in a dangerous situation and will now have to face her on dire consequences.

  • eerye70 Dec 20, 3:59 p.m.

    he was charged with sexual assault of a woman in NJ. they weren't togther at that time. He moved here. he met her and they got married. He didnt register as sex offender in NC and lost his job a few years ago. Now a new chapter is that there was a minor in the home for a while that he was molesting and this woman apparently "didnt have knowledge of the sex, but just the fact that he was a sex offender" and she knew she wasn't supposed to have a child in the home. she was able to convince law enforcement anyway. Who knows how true that was. That is why her bail etc was so low. sickening.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 20, 3:50 p.m.

    His victim was 18 or older.

    She was an adult, obviously. But he had to have taken advantage of her to have that kind of charge hanging over his head. Media needs to bring a correct story and clear understanding.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 20, 3:33 p.m.

    woman for caring for a minor in her home where a registered sex offender lived.

    A desperate woman needing a man in her life gave no regard to the child. She should have been charged. Maybe from this she will learn something from it. The man should have been charged, because he knew full well that he was not suppose to be around any children.

  • lasm Dec 20, 3:12 p.m.

    "His victim was 18 or older." Does this sentence make sense? I had a hard time following the whole article because of the way it was written. Is the current victim a minor or not. It states in the first paragraph that the victim is a minor. But it also states that the victim moved in and out the home over a 9 yr period. Or is the article talking about the minor in NJ? Very un-professionally written.....Either way, abuse is abuse; and he should be in jail-and so should his wife.

  • gnewsome1 Dec 20, 3:07 p.m.

    Manuel Ferrer was charged with 22 felony counts of this. He does not deserve to breath the same air as decent folks.

  • marciamal1 Dec 20, 2:37 p.m.

    How stupid - why would you want a minor anywhere near these type of people - use your brain!!! DUH!!

  • Glass Half Full Dec 20, 12:59 p.m.

    @fl9826024 - What would you prefer? We wait until we can categorize this child as his next victim? I think not. It's illegal for him to be around children due to his past crimes. If his wife had the child hide when probation officers came checking then she knew she was doing wrong. Charge her too!

  • lorawatson Dec 20, 12:19 p.m.

    Wiat, if he was original charged for these acts while they shared a house in New Jersey, why is she not charged and not required to list herself on the sex offender registry? It sounds to me that she not only enables but encourages it.

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