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Bond Raised for Raleigh Man Accused of Child Sex Crimes

Posted May 3, 2007

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— A Wake County judge on Thursday raised the bond of a Raleigh photographer accused of child sex charges.

Ted Booker, who was out of jail under $50,000 bond, was put back in jail after Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway raised the bond to $750,000.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cruden told Ridgeway that Booker confessed to a former girlfriend that he had assaulted many other victims. He also received calls after WRAL first reported the story earlier this week.

Visitor comments on WRAL.com, in which posters wrote that Booker might be violating terms of the original bond, were also were a factor in Cruden's request, he said.

Booker, who runs Artistic Image Studio in North Raleigh, was indicted Monday on three sex charges -- two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor and one count of statutory rape. The crimes occurred in the late 1980s and 2006.

Booker and his attorney, Scott Wilkinson, refused to comment Thursday.

In court, however, Wilkinson claimed Booker, who was arrested in March, didn't violate the terms of bond in which he was required to stay away from children and not take photos of them.

Wilkinson said that whenever children came to the studio, Booker left and had an assistant take the photos.

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  • mslisac363 May 4, 2007

    Mother's you should always go with your deep feelings when it comes to your children. Most of the time they are right.

  • spiritwarriorwoman May 4, 2007

    Praying for thsi man's victims, and for justice to be swift and harsh.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • tigerlilly May 4, 2007

    Be glad you trusted your gut feelings. I wish I had trusted mine. Someone I love was molested by this man and I regret not acting on my instincts.

    Mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers -- please trust your gut instinct if you feel something is wrong. Please speak up and tell someone if there's anything that makes you uncomfortable like that. It might end up being a simple understanding. Not everyone who acts a little differently is a pedophile. But please, please, please, if your gut instincts are telling you that something's wrong, say something.

  • ghimmy47 May 4, 2007

    not a flattering photo, is it? You should see my driver's license photo. uh ... maybe not. Some of you people would have me convicted of necrophilia or something

  • THIN BLUE LINE May 3, 2007

    Why was his bond not higher than $50,000.00 to begin with. Does Wake county not have a structered bond system to begin with?

  • trianglemom May 3, 2007

    My last comment sounds very hypocritical upon my reading it after posted. I should clarify...

    What I mean is: I'm trying to keep an open mind and give him the benefit of the doubt. He is, of course, innocent until proven guilty. However, it is hard to shake that initial instinct that I had when I met him that made me think that something was not quite right...

  • trianglemom May 3, 2007

    Steve, I agree that people come out of the woodworks when there is a lawsuit or similar situation. It's sad really that our society has become so sue-happy. Disregard the other man's reputation to get a little cash or publicity...it's rather disgusting.

    I hope, for many reasons, that these charges against Mr. Booker are false. The main reason being that he is a father and his children, as is usually the case, will be the ones most effected by this whatever the final verdict. I still have to go with my gut instinct of how I felt upon first meeting him, though...

  • Steve Crisp May 3, 2007

    Interesting sentence:

    "Wake County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cruden told Ridgeway that Booker confessed to a former girlfriend that he had assaulted many other victims."

    Do you know why they have cameras on every bus in the New York City transit system? It is because any time one of them got in a wreck, there were typically more injury claims than the number of people the bus could hold. People would actually run to the wrecked bus, jump on, and fake injury in order to sue for damages.

    I said in one of my very early posts "that got deleted for some sort of abuse" that it would not surprise me at all if people started crawling out of the woodwork with complaints once this story went public. That's how scam artists work. And I'm sure that an ex-girlfriend should always be held by the courts to be a completely reliable witness.

    If the guy is guilty, fry him. In the meantime, watch for scams.

  • shine May 3, 2007

    @mom2
    thats it !

  • trianglemom May 3, 2007

    uumom, we also signed up for the baby panel. We went for the mommy and me session, which takes place before you start the panel, and I had a really weird feeling about everything, so we cancelled. Maternal instincts must have been right this time.

    I also felt as though he took a LOT more pictures than what was shown to us at the viewing session. Some of my daughter unclothed (he makes a board called cutie kissables, where he takes pictures of the ear, belly, feet, bottom...), that just really freaks me out now.

    A friend of mine that had the panel done and I were talking about this the other day after the original story was posted. We both recalled how he kept suggesting that we could bring our older children in and they could sit in the viewing room and watch movies...thank God for bad feelings!

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