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Cary man charged with indecent liberties with boy

Posted August 7, 2008
Updated August 8, 2008

— Police arrested a Cary man Thursday in a suspected case of sex crimes involving a 12-year-old Sanford boy.

Dakota Walter Lee Melton, 21, of 324 Brook Arbor Drive, is charged with one count of felony taking indecent liberties with children and one count of second-degree kidnapping. He was out of jail Thursday afternoon on a $20,000 secured bond.

According to search warrants returned Tuesday, Melton met and chatted with the boy on MySpace, picked him up near his home in Sanford and took him back to Cary, where they went to dinner and a movie before going back to Melton's apartment.

The boy fell asleep on a couch and awoke with a man "sucking on his neck," investigators said in search warrant affidavits. A juvenile-certified sexual assault nurse examiner found hickeys on the boy's body, the warrant stated.

During their initial investigation on July 24, Melton told investigators at his apartment that he and his roommate, performed sexual acts via a Web cam for their primary source of income.

That prompted investigators to apply for search warrants. They seized five computer hard drives, a DVD, a digital camera and two memory cards from the apartment.

Authorities said Thursday the investigation continues and there could be more arrests.

The maximum sentence on a conviction of second-degree kidnapping is 74 months in prison and 49 months for indecent liberties with a child.


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  • TheAdmiral Aug 11, 2008

    'Who is "defending his actions"? '

    Any time a person attempts to justify an unjustifiable action, that is defending the action. Think of a trial lawyer who is defending a murder case when there are 100 witnesses, countless video tapes that show the murder, he turning himself or herself in saying that he or she did it, and the defendant having the murder weapon on them with blood dripping from their clothing.

    This case is similar in statue.

    Any time someone says "This happened - so what?" You have started the defense process of the un-defendable.

  • TheAdmiral Aug 11, 2008

    And btw - I said nothing about Homosexuals, Bisexuals, or Heterosexuals being pedophiles. I stated simply:

    "Again, another person who's sexual preference and/or orientation is young children."

    Which has nothing to do with the defensive stance that some have taken here.

    If that statement has angered you - then I have only one question to ask: What is there to hide?

  • TheAdmiral Aug 11, 2008

    In 1978 psychologist Nicholas Groth screened 175 men who had been convicted in Massachusetts of sexual molestation of children and referred by a court for psychological evaluation. He found not a single gay man in this sample. A very large number of those were fixated pedophile with no sexual interest in adults.

    Sooo. Your evidence?

  • TheAdmiral Aug 11, 2008

    Well then hereandnow, then in your argument you are as well asserting the supposition that here is another person who's sexual preference and/or orientation is young children.

    Therefore, am I to believe that you as well support that their sexual orientation or preference should be a defense.

    Your Sources as requested:


    And in the following study, as you place on the forefront states:

    "It is customary to classify pedophiles as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual, just as it is customary to classify persons attracted to adults as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual."


    In addition:

    "Is Pedophilia The Next 'Sexual Orientation' To Be Normalized?" You can view this at: http://www.traditionalvalues.org/modules.php?sid=992

  • AX Aug 8, 2008

    I dont see this as a case involving a Pedophile. Obviously the 21 year old is gay, and believe it or not, a 12 year old can be gay too. The case should only be about the indecient liberties, as a 12 year old is taught in preschool to not get into a car with a stranger. In addition Sanford police knew about this back on July 23? Where were the 12 year olds worthLESS parents??

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 8, 2008

    Admiral: Who is "defending his actions"? (Can you say "straw man argument"?) And, what's with the "aiding and abbetting" threat? Sorry, but I'm not skeer't. :-)

    Let's just get down to it, eh? Please show me a peer-reviewed study* that supports your assertion of a correlation between sexual orientation and pedophilia.

    *not any of those anti-gay, religious groups who deliberately obfuscate the issue and blindly assert statements without evidence (e.g. orientation is a choice)

  • Swarm Theory 71 Aug 8, 2008

    Don't bother blaming myspace.... it won't solve anything. TheAdmiral makes some good points.... especailly about defending this pervert's actions. Irregardless of whether or not the child lied about his age, the offender should have driven away without him once he noticed he was not how old he may have said he was. Either way... the man is sick. We need to make an example out of him so other people of this same vein don't act out on their "instincts". Children deserve childhood. When someone like this hinders the child's ability to continue thinking and acting like a child, they should suffer severe consequences.

  • kkreps1 Aug 8, 2008

    An interesting fact is sexual offending is learned. Most likely he was molested. Another interesting fact is while I was looking through familywatchdog an offender was in my area whose name happens to be Miles Melton. Could this be the father???

  • TheAdmiral Aug 7, 2008

    I stated: Again, another person who's sexual preference and/or orientation is young children.

    If you are defending his actions at any point in time you are aiding and abbetting to the delinquency of a minor.

    If you accept their behavior as a social norm, then Butner just opened the mental facility and are taking reservations.

  • TheAdmiral Aug 7, 2008

    "Admiral: Again, another blond person who wears blue shirts and prefers young children. So what? We see where you’re trying to do with that remark, but pedophiles are much more likely to be heterosexuals...and probably reading to you from a pulpit on Sundays."

    Actually, the latest information that has come back has said the exact opposite. The information also stated that those who consider themselves "Bi" sexual are homosexual in nature and only have sex with women if there is interest.

    "Pedophiles can be anyone -- old or young, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, non-professional or professional, and of any race. However, pedophiles often demonstrate similar characteristics, but these are merely indicators and it should not be assumed that individuals with these characteristics are pedophiles. But knowledge of these characteristics coupled with questionable behavior can be used as an alert that someone may be a pedophile." - About.com