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Foster parent charged in sex assault

Posted March 3, 2009

— A Halifax County foster parent faces sexual assault charges, authorities said Tuesday.

Alvin Thorne, 74, of Enfield, was charged with sexual assault in a parental role, second-degree rape and second-degree sexual offense. He was arrested Friday and has been released on a $75,000 bond.

Authorities didn't release any other details of the case.


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  • TStills Mar 3, 2009

    Beetlejuice from the Howard Stern show...

  • girlwonders Mar 3, 2009

    I was a foster child and I couldn't agree more, a 74 year old man shouldn't be a foster parent. Foster children often have enough issues without being saddled with someone that old, even if the person is emotionally and mentally stable, physically, anything can happen and a child shouldn't have that on their shoulders to worry about. I can't say if he was a sexual predator, I wasn't there, but if he was, I hope he gets to spend the rest of his life locked up. Those guys are monsters who steal innocence.

  • JAT Mar 3, 2009

    Regardless, he doesn't need to be a foster parent. If I were a child in his home,I'd probably say anything to get out as well. I know that's biased all over the place but it's just the way I feel. If I were a parent who's child was going to be placed w/him, I'd do anything to keep my kid from going there.

  • Piny tek Mar 3, 2009

    Let's not make the comments too soon. This guy is innocent until proven guilty. Remember most of these kids come from troubled homes and sometimes they can say anything just to get out of the home they are in. Am not saying he's innocent but let's hear all the facts before we judge!

  • JAT Mar 3, 2009

    I'm sorry but how can this 74-year-old man be a suitable foster parent? How did he get approved? Can you just imagine a poor little child just taken from his parents and put with this 74-year-old? Let's talk about traumatizing the kid even more!