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Man appears in court after toddler, naked girl found in car

Posted June 25, 2009
Updated June 26, 2009

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— A man, in whose car Garner police officers say they found a toddler boy and a naked preteen girl, made his first court appearance Thursday.

A judge told Jonathan Leigh Sullivan, 41, of Raleigh, that he could get 19 years in prison if convicted of two counts each of sexual exploitation of a minor and taking indecent liberties with a child.

The judge granted Sullivan's request for a court-appointed attorney and kept his bond at $225,000.

His next court appearance was set for July 14 at 9 a.m.

Garner police arrested Sullivan Monday night after an off-duty officer spotted him parked in an undeveloped subdivision with the toddler in the car. After a search, they found the girl naked and hiding under a tarp, according the arrest warrants.

According to the search warrant, the girl told officers she spent time with Sullivan in their "quiet place." Officers seized photos, a camera, a laptop computer and computer discs from Sullivan's car, the warrant said.


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  • mstone27 Jun 26, 2009

    I am totally disgusted, almost wanting to go and throw up!! As a mother of 2 young girls, Ugh...I am just at a loss for words. Thanks goodness that police officer did not turn the other cheek. Kudos to that PO, people like that deserve an award.

  • Junebug Jun 26, 2009

    Great question by "clickclackity2." The author of this story should know that the issue should be addressed. The response to that question by "are you kidding me" is unintelligible nonsense.

  • winfieldchem Jun 26, 2009

    Thanks to the officer for not saying "I am off the clock, it is not my business." Many public employees are dedicated to the jobs and responsibilities way beyond the required time.

  • Caring Jun 26, 2009

    Sick!!!! the only words I can say!!!

  • are you kidding me Jun 25, 2009

    Doesn't clickclackity2, now that he is in a cell, take the key and throw it out the window of the car as you drive down I40!

  • clickclackity2 Jun 25, 2009

    Incomplete report. Exactly whose kids are these and why were they in his care?