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Raleigh shoppers accuse Warren deputy of molestation

Posted January 1, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— Raleigh police arrested a Warren County deputy Wednesday night and charged him with two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery against women.

Raleigh investigators say Deputy Cornelius Orlando Davis, 40, of 119 Downey Road in Norlina, inappropriately touched women at two stores in a north Raleigh shopping center by rubbing his genital area against their buttocks.

Police said they believe there are more victims who have not come forward yet.

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Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said the first incident happened May 30 at Wal-Mart, 10050 Glenwood Ave., and the second at Kohl's, 7822 Alexander Promenade, Wednesday afternoon. Both are in Alexander Place Promenade, at Brier Creek Parkway and Glenwood.

Kohl's security staff noticed Davis acting suspiciously and alerted security at Wal-Mart when he left the store, Sughrue said. Police arrested Davis at the Wal-Mart around 10 p.m.

Police realized the incident was similar to one in May, in which investigators hadn't been able to identify the perpetrator, Sughrue said.

Neither of the identified victims was physically harmed.

Shoppers expressed shock at the allegations.

"I'm afraid, because you really don't know and you really can't trust people," Anette Robbins said. "When you don't know someone and they're coming up to you, you have to be almost, I guess, prepared for the worst, unfortunately."

When asked to comment about his deputy's arrest, Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams said: "Ain't nothing I can comment about. I don't have any legal documents in my hand. At this point, it's an ongoing investigation. It will be dealt with as a personnel matter. If he's been arrested, he's been arrested. At this time, I cannot comment until I have all the information."

Davis has been with the sheriff's office for about two years, Williams said. When asked if Davis had any personnel issues or was considered a good deputy, Williams said he did not want to comment.

Some shoppers, though, were not reticent about their opinions.

"You think that they're safe, that the cops are safe. If that's what he's doing, he shouldn't be a sheriff's deputy," Kim Martinez said.

Davis posted a $10,000 bond and was released from the Wake County Jail New Year's Day. He was scheduled to appear in court at 2 p.m. Friday.

Police urged other women who had contact with Davis or experienced other unwanted contact to call Detective T.J. Ouellette at 919-431-1383.


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  • lynchb01 Jan 2, 2009

    Sounds to me as if some of you have already tried and convicted him. Pity you all. Unfortunatly in most cases you are guilty until proven innocent, and it appears so in this case also.
    Have any you you seen the actual video? I'm sure not.
    Watch the video and then post your comments.
    How would you feel if someone accused your husband or wife of this before the proof was even presented. Shame on you all.

  • any1butcarolina0405 Jan 1, 2009

    Who said he was working or even in a law enforcement capacity when these incidents occured? The article just states that he works for the Warren County Sheriffs Office. Do you know how far Warren County is from Brier Creek?

    .... really?

  • twc Jan 1, 2009

    If he is guilty of these two incidents you can believe this is not the first time. As deputy he is in a perfect position to carry out this type of crime every time he makes a stop. It would be interesting to see what his main stops were. I'm betting there is a pattern and I'm also betting there have been complaints to the sheriff's department.

  • hunt36 Jan 1, 2009

    He looks like a pervert and should be fired and the people he did this to should sue him and he should be put on a list so everyone can see his picture so everyone will know who he is and what he did people like him are the ones who give police a bad name

  • getreal Jan 1, 2009

    This same thing happened to me at Harris Teeter in Cameron Village a few years ago. I got so upset that I left the store and called the police. The older officer that I spoke with on the phone told me that it was serious, and that I should turn around and go back to the store and he would send an officer to talk to me. I went back to the store, waited 45 minutes, and finally a young officer arrived. I told him what happened, and he seemed to think that it was no big deal. He acted like I should just forget it. I remember telling him that if the man would do that to me, that I was sure he would do it again to someone else.

  • anonemoose Jan 1, 2009

    Continuity man, are really that ????? The story plainly states (For once) that they could not identify him from the earlier incident, and only did after this one.

    As far as Johnnie Williams, you can read his words and see just how smart of a Sheriff the "informed" electorate of Warren County has. Google Warren's demographics and look at the education level and income and you will see my point. He was promoted from dog catcher to Sheriff through political tricks between him and the former Sheriff.

    As far a Davis, I always thought of him as one of the better guys, but I'll wait to see how this shakes out, but I still consider him a friend. This I don't understand. The man has a beautiful wife and two great kids. People do stupid things I guess.

    Now the really fun part will be to see what non-cop Williams picks as a replacement, puts on the road for six months, then to BLET where the Warren County candidates have a 70% failure rate. Let tyhe stuttering continue in Warren County.

  • smitty Jan 1, 2009

    I think there is a difference between obnoxious and illegal behavior. If the allegations are true, I think he should lose his job. Jail? Comeon.

  • ContinuityMan Jan 1, 2009

    Seven months since the first alleged offense? It sounds like they let Deputy Frottage off the hook the first time with a warning that if he was caught rubbing people the wrong way again, they'd throw the book at him.

  • any1butcarolina0405 Jan 1, 2009

    If this guy doesn't have to register as a sex offender I will have lost the 1% faith I had in the justice system.

  • GETOUT Jan 1, 2009

    Who said he was working or even in a law enforcement capacity when these incidents occured? The article just states that he works for the Warren County Sheriffs Office. Do you know how far Warren County is from Brier Creek?