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Charge: Man sought disabled child for sex

Posted July 19, 2013
Updated July 20, 2013

— A former military intelligence officer was arrested on Friday afternoon and charged with trying to meet a child with autism so they could have sex, Cumberland County authorities said.

William Jerry Faulkner Jr., 47, of 3872 Red Oak Drive in Hope Mills, was arrested at a Linden convenience store near a mini-storage facility that he manages.

"He was expecting a handicapped child in a car with their mother," said Debbie Tanna, a spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office. Instead, he was met by two deputies.

Tanna said investigators were tipped off to an advertisement on Craigslist seeking a single mother with custody of a special-needs child. The poster offered to pay the woman, up to thousands of dollars, in exchange for turning the child over, authorities said.

Undercover deputies set up the meeting which led to Friday's arrest.

"It is a very sad day in Cumberland County when we are hurting any of our children, but especially our handicapped children," Tanna said. She said the suspect might have targeted a victim who would be less likely to report his crime.

"He knew they were not of sound mind and body to be able to speak for themselves in a court of law or to defend themselves against him or an attack," she said.

William Faulkner, Hope Mills sex case Accused man is father of disabled child

Faulkner is the father of a disabled child, authorities said, and a sticker on the front door of his Hope Mills home indicates a child with autism lives there but doesn't respond to verbal directions.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said Faulkner is the first person to be charged under a 2012 state law enacted in the wake of Shaniya Davis' death.

The 5-year-old Fayetteville girl was allegedly traded to pay off a drug debt and was raped and killed by Mario Andrette McNeill in November 2008. He was convicted in May and is now on death row. Shaniya's mother will be tried this fall for her role in the case.

The state law makes the unlawful sale, surrender or purchase of a minor a Class F felony.

Faulkner, who will make a court appearance Monday at 2:30 p.m., also was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child. He was in the Cumberland County jail Saturday under a $75,000 bond. 

Authorities said they don't know if he's ever actually obtained a child for sex, but that there are indications he may have made similar solicitations in the past.

"This guy had done a lot of his homework," Tanna said.


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  • zile1porkey Jul 22, 2013

    Get your facts straight he posted the ad looking for a mom and child a mother saw the ad and contacted the police who did a string the mother assisted authorities to catch the man facing charges she did nothing wrong.

  • Pepe Silvia Jul 22, 2013

    "Why are there not any comments about the "parent" that posted the ad in the first place? I have to wander, who is the "sickest" of the persons involved." - LT+Momof2

    Because the rest of us (with the exception of 678devilish anyway) actually READ the article. There WAS no parent who posted anything or was otherwise involved, just police pretending to be a parent.

  • sweetlyght Jul 22, 2013

    Rob a bank? 25 years.
    buy a child? 12 years.
    seems a bit light.

  • linuxheels Jul 19, 2013

    WRAL could you do some research to find out how long he has been out of the military? I see no need to include "former soldier" in the title when this has nothing to do with the story. If he's no longer enlisted, commissioned there should be no need to discrase the word "soldier" in a story such as this.

  • mfarmer1 Jul 19, 2013

    about what a class F felony is see this


  • kellypsnll Jul 19, 2013

    Can people get any more sick and perverted than this? Every time I see another person arrested in the news about children and sex, it just seems like the next story is more disgusting than the last. It is a sad world we live in. God bless his own child because he/she is in for a rollercoaster ride of change.

  • Alexia.1 Jul 19, 2013

    "Faulkner also was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child."

    How can you be charged with that when there is no child?

  • Serendipity5 Jul 19, 2013

    It doesn't get any sicker!

  • LastSon1981 Jul 19, 2013

    beachboater..as a retired military officer he receives 2.5% of his pay per year on active duty..he receives medical care and dental care on a space available basis

    Try 50% then 2.5 for each year after 20.

  • valleyGirl Jul 19, 2013