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Sex offender has Cary neighborhood up in arms

Posted May 11, 2010
Updated May 12, 2010

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— Concern and debate is growing in the Brookstone Community in Cary about a registered sex offender who lives in the neighborhood.

The local community watch group has called a meeting for Saturday to address concerns about Stephen Colston, 42, who moved there several weeks ago with his girlfriend and her daughter.

"The point of the meeting is to give the community straight answers from law enforcement and (delete space) to make sure they have the facts of the situation," said Matt Slavis, a representative of the Brookstone Homeowners Association. "We want to make this a constructive process, instead of a destructive one."

According to Texas Department of Public Safety records Colston was sentenced Feb. 12, 1990 to 10 years in a Texas prison after pleading no contest to molesting a 4-year-old child in 1990 – a charge he says was a false accusation stemming from a dispute.

"I am not a sexual predator," he said Tuesday. "I just want to live my life. I was accused of something I didn't do."

He pleaded guilty at the urging of his attorney, who told him he would spend the rest of his life in prison if he did not.

The Brookstone neighborhood is divided. Some residents say they want to make Colston uncomfortable enough that he would move; others say he should be able to live there and be left alone as long as he obeys the law.

Cary police say the concerns must balance with Colston's rights.

"The community has an emotional reaction, which we perfectly understand," Lt. Stephen Fonke said. "We have to be absolutely mindful of the person's right to live where they want to live as long as it's within the letter of the law. If they're abiding by the law, then they have the right to live there."

North Carolina's sex offender law requires that anyone convicted of any sexual offense register in person with the local sheriff's office upon moving to a new residence. Colston, who has been in North Carolina for about six months, did register and is listed on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry.

Multiple residents in the Brookstone community refused to comment Tuesday about the situation, but 15-year-old Carson Varney said she believes neighbors should be cautious but not become hysterical.

"Just be aware, and as always, you just need to watch out for yourself and anyone else that you care about," Varney said.

According to the state's sex offender registry, there are 13 registered sex offenders in Cary.

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  • ebrown19 May 19, 2010

    Most of you don't remember the Little Rascals day care sex abuse scandal. One of the defendants pled "no contest" and got 7 years, another refused to accept a plea and was sentenced to life in prison. The latter defendant was eventually exonerated (all were eventually freed, including one who was not even affiliated with the day care ,but had the misfortune of being in a custody dispute with a police officer while all this was going on). Little Rascals is now a textbook case of how children can be manipulated and used as pawns in high-stakes legal shenanigans.

    If you work with kids, do yourself a favor and NEVER let yourself be put in a postion of being alone with an unrelated child in a private space. Most reputable child/youth programs(including the Boy Scouts, who learned these lessons the hard way ~20 years ago) have strict guidelines about unsupervised one one one contact between kids and adults.

  • pwpw63 May 14, 2010

    LibertarianTechie
    You do not get anyone innocent taking a plea because you& others who think like you have never been falsely accused of such a horrible crime.You don't know that it can&does happen and a lot more than you think. We have too many messed up people in this country. I'm a therapist of 25 years and have seen many who would falsely accuse and who have. My son was falsely accused of abusing an 8 yr. old girl years ago. She grew up,recanted, even gave a very strong deposition about why she did it, jealousy that my son took her older sister's attention and time away from her. And two older women who didn't like my sons' looks "gave me the idea" as she said.
    It's been a living nightmare. Believe me, lawyers push for the plea and my son did not take care of himself (teeth (phobic about dentists) and very bad skin)&that kid looked perfect.But she grew up in one of Baltimore's worst neighborhoods,came from the most dysfunctional home imaginable.It was pure terror,believe me

  • Butterfly May 12, 2010

    rucontento2 "It's time we give him a chance to redeem himself!!!"
    You go ahead and give him a chance..I love my daughter too much to take that chance. NOBODY is worth robbing my child of her innocence!!!

  • Butterfly May 12, 2010

    All you people defending this man go ahead and let him babysit for your young daughters. It isn't like he was charged with indecent liberties with a minor who could be 16 or 17yrs old. This man was charged with AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT of a 4yr old child. He claims he is innocent than why didn't he fight it??? This isn't like pleading guilty for lesser charge for robbery...this is a sexual offense of a 4yr old child. Nobody wants that stigma on them!! To all you Cary people keep doing what you are doing and protect your children!! People can't figure out why bad things happen to their children...

  • rucontento2 May 12, 2010

    If you had been up against Nancy Grace - that hate monger! - you would have pleaded guilty too... She's the whole reason he's having problems!!! It's time we give him a chance to redeem himself!!! He could end up being our best friend!!!

  • LambeauSouth May 12, 2010

    Hey, maybe he couldve fought this like the Teacher who was just aquitted? seems like the Kids were lying and the parents coached them only to later recant. She , the teacher fought for two years, only to lose her marriage, kids and any sort of reputation she may have had. Fact is that childeren will pretty much tell you what you want to hear, even if it's a lie.
    I'm not saying that you should not suspect when a child tells you something, just do not jump to conclusions.

  • wildcat May 12, 2010

    These sex offenders should have the right to live without people bothering them. Hey, if you would take the small time to watch YOUR children, then it should not be a problem. If you look real deep into your own families, there you will most likely find a sex offender. The person just have never been reported and don't have a record. You also have an idea who it is. Allow the man to live in peace.

  • cary1969 May 12, 2010

    you made his point for him...slow clap

  • dphenseinc May 12, 2010

    enigma1469...If yankees are so dumb or horrible, why do you have to have us move down here ONLY to manage your towns? ...Just asking...don't wanna start another war that you wouldn't win AGAIN.......Just asking so don't get all bound up buddy...

    Just Asking fella....OK?

  • didisaythat May 12, 2010

    If you didn't do it...you wouldn't plead guilty...Ok you may not have done what the charge says...but you did something close and that sir is why you plead guilty....face the music.

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