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Warren County suspends deputy accused of sexual advances

Posted January 2, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— The Warren County Sheriff's Office on Friday suspended a deputy accused of inappropriately touching women in two north Raleigh stores.

Deputy Cornelius Orlando Davis, 40, of 119 Downey Road in Norlina, will stay on unpaid, administrative leave while he fights two misdemeanor charges of sexual battery.

Raleigh police say that Davis rubbed his genital area against women's buttocks at Kohl's and Wal-Mart in the Alexander Place Promenade, off Brier Creek Parkway and Glenwood Avenue. One of the alleged incidents occurred New Year's Eve, the other May 30.

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Davis' first court appearance was rescheduled after the court clerk's office misplaced his paperwork Friday. It was moved to Feb. 2.

Davis posted a $10,000 bond Thursday afternoon to be released from the Wake County Jail. Officers arrested Davis Wednesday night after security staff at Kohl's and Wal-Mart said he was acting suspiciously.

Police connected the incident to a similar one at Wal-Mart in May, one in which they had not identified a perpetrator. Police said they reviewed surveillance tapes, among other evidence, but wouldn't release them, since a suspect was already under arrest.

Davis has worked for the Warren County Sheriff's Office for about two years, said Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams, who declined to comment on Davis' personnel record.

Raleigh police believe that Davis might have molested more women who have not yet come forward. Any women who had contact with Davis or experienced other unwanted contact were urged to call Detective T.J. Ouellette at 919-431-1383.


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  • give me no quarter Jan 2, 2009

    Warren County's finest. Maybe the video will help him out but I doubt it. Probably an ego thing. Anyway it's par for the course up here in Warren County.

  • TheAdmiral Jan 2, 2009

    I think that it is funny. It is called a god complex.

    Absolute power corrupts, absolutely.

  • mkcollins Jan 2, 2009

    If he had done that to me they would be able to identify him with no problem because what he rubbed me with would have come off in my hand....

  • SomeRandomGuy Jan 2, 2009

    I am curious to know if RPD has been holding a warrant for him since the May incident and just happened to catch him on New Years?

  • Crocus Jan 2, 2009


  • amyrn Jan 2, 2009

    May 30th? Hasn't that been a long time? Is it the same woman? I think before we hang this guy out to dry, we should make sure there isn't more to the story than this.

  • batcave Jan 2, 2009

    Lets see, according to everything thats been written on cops today this lady has an attitude or she is not telling the whole story , or she is the one who made the mistake, or her dad is just some rich guy. Lets go down to ECU and kick some students ---.

  • Christy Jan 2, 2009

    Why does there have to be video of him committing the act? Other people (non-law enforcement) are charged with this crime and many, many others also without video evidence.

  • pwilliamson53 Jan 2, 2009

    What kind of sick person would do such a thing in public to a total stranger? How would he feel if someone did this to his wife/girlfriend or child if he has one? Until proven guilty I know??? A man that puts his career and his statue on the line for such cheap thrills needs help. I'm sure we haven't heard the whole story or all that is involved in this. But if you're a woman that this happened too, I can understand the police dept. asking for you to come forward. How else will they know if there are anymore women out there this happened too? It's a sad day when we can no longer trust our law enforcement to protect and serve. One bad apple doesn't ruin the lot, we just pitch it out as this person should be if proven guilty.

  • dre2ty Jan 2, 2009

    I agree with emsworker25, that leaves an open window for anyone to decide they were a victim.