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Second Girl Comes Forward in Cumberland Sex Case

Posted June 6, 2007

— The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said a second person has come forward in the case of a teacher’s assistant charged with having sex with under-aged girls.

A girl told authorities Wednesday that she and Joel Vincent Hurley, 28, of 1261 Thelbert Drive, had been having sex since April on the campus of Grays Creek Middle School.

Hurley was arrested on May 16 in a separate case after a girl told a teacher that she and Hurley had a sexual relationship for a short period of time. Hurley did not teach either girl.

Hurley also was a part-time employee with the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks and Recreation Department. After the first incident, the department suspended him without pay and sent him a notice of dismissal.

In addition to the latest charge of taking indecent liberties with a student, Hurley faces two counts of statutory rape, two counts of statutory sex offense, two counts of sexual activity by school personnel with a student and three counts of indecent liberties by school personnel with a student. All are felony charges.

Hurley was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center on $90,000 secured bond.


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  • stepbak Jun 8, 2007

    in my opinion to all posts...i am pretty sure these girls knew it was wrong when they were doing it. if they didnt, then who told??? to be sure he didnt........

  • cnaatmg Jun 7, 2007

    Let me guess he dont want to be listed as a child molester. What was he thinking? These are little girls not women. What in the world. Some men think the the head down low and not the one on there sholders.

  • truth b told Jun 7, 2007

    Gingerleigh225 -at- yahoo -dot- com- call him what you want..I'm sticking to my opinions, and like I said before who's to say these "middle school" girls were virgins what if they weren't and has been having sex which is the norm these days and they consented to it...that still makes him a molester because he's 28--but if he wasn't? And he was younger would that make it ok for them to have sex. Hey everyone has there opinions so it's whatever I'm done with it.

  • 3potato4 Jun 7, 2007

    truth b told...we are talking about middle school aged children here not 16 year olds (which is the age of consent in NC). He is a child molester...period.

  • truth b told Jun 7, 2007

    The resourses i'm refering to vary, anywhere from magazines to TV shows to their parents and every other resource advocate they could get info from in reference to getting the info they need in making choices when it comes to sex. Maybe the resources weren't there. I don't know. But I do agree he should have been more responsible. None of them were. All we can do now is wait to see if this will go to trial...

  • lpf88 Jun 7, 2007

    I’m not sure which resources you are referring to. I’m not defending their actions. I’m not even saying they didn’t continue to participate in the relationship willingly. All that I am saying is that if this man had been a responsible adult, this would not have been an issue. Hopefully we can all agree on that.

  • truth b told Jun 7, 2007

    lpf88- What I'm saying is there are too many resources and too much info out here available to use peer pressure as an excuse. What I'm saying is that if these young girls continued with the sexual relationship for god knows how long then they did what they wanted to do...having sex at their age with a grown man is wrong and i'm sure they are aware of that....would it be better if middle school girls have sex with middle or high school boys? Does that make it right? NO. Either way if it was done with a grown man or a young man it's still wrong..but it just so happen to be worse because he is 28. It's a double standard. In alot of our eyes teenage girls shouldn't be having sex regardless of who it's with. Right? The point i'm trying to make is that hey if these girls weren't virgins, then it's what they wanted. Will we ever know if they were or not? Lets see.....

  • lpf88 Jun 7, 2007

    If I had wanted to imply rape, I would have said forced. I used the word manipulated because, and I think we can all agree, girls are extremely easily influenced by peers in their early adolescent years. Who is to say they were actually READY to have sex and not simply talked in to the idea?

  • truth b told Jun 7, 2007

    I agree and disagree with the last comment posted. Who stated those girls were manipulated? Those girls weren't forced to have sex. They apparently wanted to. Schools are supposed to be a safe place for students. Why is the blame on him so much? Those girls were ready to do what they did. Or it would be 1st or 2nd degree Rape charges he would be facing as opposed to two counts of statutory rape, two counts of statutory sex offense, two counts of sexual activity by school personnel with a student and three counts of indecent liberties by school personnel with a student. Which are still just as bad and are classified as felonies. BUT LETS JUST KEEP IN MIND THOSE YOUNG LADIES WERE NOT FORCED. AND AS MY SISTER POSTED EARLIER HAD THE SITUATION BEEN DIFFERENT WE PROBABLY WOULD NOT HAVE EVER KNOWN ABOUT THIS!!!

  • lpf88 Jun 7, 2007

    As an adult, he should have known better than to be having this sort of relationship with middle school girls. Schools are supposed to be a safe place for students, not one in which they are manipulated in to having a sexual relationship with the staff.