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Judge quadruples sex offender's bond after Spring Lake girl's sexual assault

Posted September 2

— A Harnett County judge on Tuesday quadrupled the bond for a registered sex offender accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 11-year-old Spring Lake girl last week.

Authorities say the child was walking from school to a local library Tuesday afternoon when Nathan Lynn Cooley, claiming to be a police officer, approached her and asked for help finding his dog.

Cooley, 28, of 1317 Verlie Drive, is accused of luring the girl into his car, driving her to a wooded area and attacking her before dropping her off at the library.

After a nationwide search, he surrendered to authorities Saturday night and was initially jailed under a $250,000 bond on charges of first-degree kidnapping and taking indecent liberties with a child.

During a brief court appearance Tuesday afternoon, he maintained his innocence. District Attorney Billy West, however, requested the bond be set at $1 million because of Cooley's criminal history.

The judge granted the request.

According to the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry, Cooley was convicted of attempted rape of a 13-year-old in Currituck County in 2005 and served three years in prison and two years' probation. In 2011, he was convicted of indecent liberties with a 15-year-old in Dare County and received five years' probation.

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  • 678devilish Sep 5, 12:16 p.m.

    Smart judge, but in time will it work whenever he is allowed to be free again?

  • venomous Sep 4, 8:26 a.m.

    Really?Quadruple the bond?That's sure is a big punishment. This pos low life deserves life or castration. I sure hope he meets some inmates with children that hates pedos

  • sandim50 Sep 3, 1:46 p.m.

    take the key & lockhim up

  • iopsyc Sep 3, 12:27 p.m.

    What is with this multiple years of probation on second offenses? We need to crack down harder... View More

    — Posted by TheCape

    Exactly. Legalize marijuana and let everyone out of jail for non-violent drug offenses. Then,... View More

    — Posted by JustOneGodLessThanU

    Assuming it gets legalized, wouldn't releasing those in jail send an odd message? Releasing them makes it seem like they didn't break the law in the first place, but they did. Society would have simply changed it's current thinking...but under the old thinking it was illegal. Wouldn't it be better to let them serve the remainder of their sentences, while no longer putting more in jail?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 3, 11:26 a.m.

    What is with this multiple years of probation on second offenses? We need to crack down harder... View More

    — Posted by TheCape

    Exactly. Legalize marijuana and let everyone out of jail for non-violent drug offenses. Then, keep people like this guy in jail longer. Until then, the revolving door keeps spinning like crazy.

  • anon022 Sep 3, 10:24 a.m.

    The problem here is he was even out on the streets after TWO convictions. There should be no 'chances' when it comes to sex offenders.

  • jwsawyer Sep 3, 10:05 a.m.

    Why would a judge give bond to this guy?

  • gcannon Sep 3, 8:41 a.m.

    Good for the Judge!

  • lesliebeane Sep 3, 8:35 a.m.

    I can not understand how he was out on the streets after he already assualted one child. I'm a mother of an 11 year old and my heart just aches for the family of the victim. I hope that their child gets whatever help she needs from the horrible crime committed against her and I hope this waste of space Cooley gets what he deserves whether by the court or worse.

  • Glass Half Full Sep 3, 8:27 a.m.

    Story begins with "A Harnett County judge". What does this case have to do with Harnett County? This happened in Spring Lake - Cumberland County. Billy West is Cumberland County District Attorney; animal in question is locked up in the Cumberland County jail. Glad his bond was increased. It's a good start. Now let's get him locked up for the rest of his sorry life.

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