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Man charged with sexually abusing Cumberland boy

Posted July 14, 2011

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— Detectives said that a 33-year-old man used a game of "Truth and Dare" to lure a 5-year-old Cumberland County boy into a sexual encounter.

Karson Benjamin Warner, of Shallotte, was charged Thursday with taking indecent liberties with a child in connection with the alleged encounter in 2009.

Investigators with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said that Warner dared the child to take off his clothes and run outside naked, then inappropriately touched the boy.

The boy's mother contacted authorities after he told her about the alleged abuse, investigators said.

Warner was placed in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. His first court appearance was set for Thursday afternoon.

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  • hellorhighwaters Jul 14, 2011

    If this guy was a woman, you would be cracking jokes right about now.....ProdBlackSingleMother

    No...I would not be cracking jokes. I would be wondering why they unlocked the door to let this very sick woman out to even do such a thing to a 5 year old child, a baby.

    Any woman that thinks that was a joke to play on a child is very mixed up in the head. And does need some professional counseling.

  • hellorhighwaters Jul 14, 2011

    I'm with you njb1955.....how many more children have suffered at this man's hand in 2 years? And as to why it took so long to bring charges on this guy; well, the young boy he abused first probably was too ashamed to tell and admit to what he had done(running naked). Some children it takes a few years (or even 30yrs) to report abuse done to them. Some are not sure if it is abuse at first; that maybe they did something to bring this on to themselves. Then they find out a year or two later that they are not the bad person that they once thought for this bad thing happening to them, so, they tell.

    As to where was the mother? Cleaning, cooking, working; pick one. The important thing is she reported it as soon as 'she' heard about it. That's all she can do. And be there for her child.

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Jul 14, 2011

    If this guy was a woman, you would be cracking jokes right about now.

  • aco419 Jul 14, 2011

    If the mother notified authorities after she was told about the abuse in 2009, why are charges just now being pressed against this guy?

    It does not say that the boy told his mother in 2009...it says the abuse occured in 2009. FYI The child might not have told his mother until last week.......

  • garnertoy Jul 14, 2011

    what a sicko

  • lorawatson Jul 14, 2011

    If the mother notified authorities after she was told about the abuse in 2009, why are charges just now being pressed against this guy? And why was her son around this guy in the first place, where was she?

  • danunger Jul 14, 2011

    Jail and put him in G-Pop...they will curb his desires.

  • njb1955 Jul 14, 2011

    i just wanted how many other children in a 2 yr. span he's done this too. sicko sicko

  • h3ardita11b4 Jul 14, 2011

    wonder what kind of music he was listening to. smh @ the typical behavior for these folks....

  • Preebok Jul 14, 2011

    YIKES!