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Man wanted after not showing up at child-sex trial

Posted December 11, 2008
Updated December 12, 2008

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— Brunswick County sheriff's deputies were looking for a 39-year-old Wilmington man a day after a 14-year-old girl testified in court against him.

Deputies said that Brian Keith Perry, of 714 George Trask Road, failed to show up Thursday for the second day of his trial for statutory rape, taking indecent liberties with a minor and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Perry was in court when the victim testified Wednesday about the alleged incidents in 2007, when she was 13 years old.

A judge issued an arrest warrant for Perry for failure to appear in court. If caught, he will be held under a $600,000 secured bond.

Investigators said they searched his Wilmington home and surroundings areas, but had not found him Thursday.

Perry is described as a white man, standing 5 feet, seven inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. His is bald and has blue eyes. He has three tattoos: a heart on the left side of his chest, a Chinese symbol or name on his left shoulder, and a knife and heart on his right shoulder.

Anyone with information on Perry's whereabouts was asked to call the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office at 910-253-2777, 800-672-6379 or www.brunswicksheriff.com.

Perry was on a 24-month sentence of probation for drug offenses handed down in January 2007, according to the state Department of Correction records. He has been convicted of crimes in New Hanover County seven times since 1987 and received probation each time.

Perry's convictions include indecent exposure and assault with a deadly weapon.


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  • bluewind Dec 12, 2008

    He didn't show up! There's a big surprise...what a pervert...

  • familyfour Dec 12, 2008

    Data....they gave that info so people would better know how to identify him.....since he is being looked for.....just a bit important....

    He is a sorry excuse for a man.


  • nonemeant Dec 12, 2008

    No wonder crime is on the rapage. this man has been arrested so many times from 1987 and always ended up being put on probation. When he was first arrested for statutory rape, he should never have been given bail. Thanks again justice system for making our streets totally unsafe for all humane kind.

  • Adelinthe Dec 12, 2008

    Wow! What a man!!! Totally bereft of any semblance of decency and courage.

    Praying they find him quick and lock him up for good.

    Praying mightily for the child.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • piperchuck Dec 12, 2008

    "He was "out" because he hasn't been convicted of the crime yet. In general, every accused person has the chance to make bail and be free pending trial. The only people who aren't are those considered flight risks or pose an immediate threat to others. The accused are supposed to be considered innocent until proven guilty, so they should not be held without good reason."

    He was convicted 7 times in New Hanover County for crimes including drugs, indecent exposure, and assault with a deadly weapon and received probation each time. At the time of this last charge he was on probation. How much more of a "good reason" should they have before choosing active jail terms instead of probation?

  • Fishman Dec 12, 2008

    Seven convictions and seven probation's. It's time the judges who hand out probation like it is popcorn start serving the sentences these people deserve.

  • Dolphan Dec 12, 2008

    Go figure...

  • FragmentFour Dec 12, 2008

    Looks like WRAL has updated the description - 69 inches divided by 12 is 5.75 feet and the story now says 5 feet 7 inches. Dataclerk, his height makes a huge difference when the police are asking people to keep an eye out for the guy.

  • garnertoy Dec 12, 2008

    put him on americas most wanted fast

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 12, 2008

    After hearing the first day of testimony, and currently being on probation, he knew his life was over, as he knew it. So what choice did he have? His only option is to go on the run and eventually get to another country. There he can try to start a new life. I'm not shocked he did it. This is the reason we have such LARGE bails. Unfortunately, his bail wasn't large enough for him to want to stay around.