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Witness: Assistant Principal's Alleged Victim Hid Under Bed

Posted March 13, 2007
Updated March 14, 2007

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— Defense attorneys for a former Raleigh assistant principal charged with sexually abusing a child tried to undermine the state's case Tuesday during a probable cause hearing.

Two investigators took the stand in the case against Larry Ray Jewell: Harnett County Sheriff's Office detective Jamie Wicker and Dunn Police Sgt. David Whittenton.

Jewell, 57, of Dunn, who worked at Southeast Raleigh High School, was arrested Feb. 15 on charges that he sexually abused a boy in his care.

The accuser told the Harnett County Sheriff's Office that Jewell first abused him in 1999 while living with his father in Coats, N.C.

Wicker testified that some of the incidents happened in Jewell's car along a dirt road. She also said the alleged victim often hid under his bed when Jewell came to the house.

The boy's father was later convicted on federal charges of having child pornography on his computer, but the FBI found no evidence of sexual abuse against the boy.

It was then that the accuser moved in with Jewell at his home in Dunn.

Jewell's attorney, Jesse Jones, also grilled Wicker for not looking into the federal case against the alleged victim's dad.

Jones also criticized the Dunn Police Department for never searching Jewell's home after his arrest, nor seizing his computer.

Sgt. Whittenton said his department had no probable cause for a search.

This hearing will continue Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. Jones will present at least two witnesses.

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  • lock em up Mar 16, 2007

    Thank you Has Had Enough.
    and as for you gatechplyr- I know the police make mistakes, but even if this savage is guilty of only one of the 50 charges, he is still just as much of a savage as if he was guilty of all 50. The Police make mistakes but it is pretty tough to believe that they are on the wrong track with this guy when they have enough evidence to charge him 50 times.

  • plcj Mar 14, 2007

    Thank you very much for the information FOR THE FAMILY. I kinda felt it would be something like this.

  • has had enough Mar 14, 2007

    gatechplyr - "The police are just as crooked as a preist or a vice principal. Grant it not everyday do you hear about one molesting children, but there is plenty of other things cops do on a daily basis that are far from within the law."

    You're an idiot.

  • jaybabe Mar 14, 2007

    I am disgusted with people like this man. And anyone who finds pleasure in doing sexual things to a child. I think it is time the laws got tougher against sickos like him. When you take the innocence of a child I believe that is worse than murder to scar them for life when they have done nothing. I don't know if this man is guilty or not, but why would he resign his position if he wasn't guilty of something.

  • OALA Mar 14, 2007

    Have we learned nothing from the Duke lacrosse case? Just because someone accuses someone else, doesn't automatically mean that person is guilty! If he is, castrate the sucker, and send him to prison... But before condemning him, let's allow him his day in court.- jmo

  • plcj Mar 14, 2007

    Excuse me I meant to type WICKER instead of wucker :0)

  • godofwar1 Mar 14, 2007

    lock em up wrote: The Police are the ones that keep savages like this away from defenseless children.

    You must be living on another planet. The police are just as crooked as a preist or a vice principal. Grant it not everyday do you hear about one molesting children, but there is plenty of other things cops do on a daily basis that are far from within the law. If tis guy did do it- the evidence will say so- if he did not- I bet you will feel like a real idiot.. huh?

  • plcj Mar 14, 2007

    The accuser appears to be the victim and the Wucker person the officer. Where does the stepmother and the wife of this beast (if in fact he is proven guilty) come in to this? And where was this child's real mother? Did the boy ever express his fears of this man to his father? There are a lot of questions here. If he is found guilty, I vote for flogging him to death. That is what all child molesters need.

  • sick and tired Mar 14, 2007

    what about innocent until proven guilty??? Why did the police not search his computer or home?? It seems that the charges alone warrant probable cause to be able to search the computer and home. That just doesn't make sense.

  • lock em up Mar 13, 2007

    Windmill Tilter:
    Highly respected? So are some Catholic priests and you see what some of them have done. If you have any sympathy for a savage like this, then you too deserve to be locked up with the rest of em. Highly respected means absolutely nothing. How can you even think for a second that it means anything more than this savage has two faces. There is plenty of historical proof that very smart people do very savage things. If it would not damage this poor boy anymore, I would say put a weapon of his choice in his hands and give him the opportunity to go to work on this savage. Your comment absolutely disgusts me. Maybe if his peers are that poor a judge of character they should be the ones who are looked at very closely instead of Law Enforcement. The Police are the ones that keep savages like this away from defenseless children. I say Lock Em Up and throw away the key.

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