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Man charged with Durham bus-stop sexual assault

Posted March 9, 2011
Updated March 10, 2011

— A suspect in the sexual assault of a Durham girl at a school bus stop last week has a history of exposing himself in public, according to court and state Department of Correction records.

Police said they believe that Christopher Brian Cates, 24, of Russell Road, assaulted the 13-year-old girl while she was waiting for the bus at Cornwallis and Century Oaks roads last Friday morning.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Cates Wednesday evening near Holloway and Dillard streets. He was charged with first-degree sexual offense, taking indecent liberties with a child, first-degree kidnapping, sexual battery and common-law robbery.

At his first court hearing Thursday morning, the public defender asked for Cates' bond to be lowered from $2 million to $750,000, saying that he has extensive family in Durham.

The judge lowered it to $1 million, citing Cates' prior convictions and calling him a threat to the public.

A probable cause hearing was set for March 31.

Cates was already due in court April 1 to face charges of misdemeanor indecent exposure and two probation violations, according to court records. Details of that case weren't available.

Cates was arrested in December 2007 on charges that he exposed himself to a woman on the American Tobacco Trail in Durham. DOC records show that he was convicted of misdemeanor indecent exposure in March 2008 and sentenced to probation.

Christopher Brian Cates Bond lowered for suspect in Durham bus stop sex assault

In September 2009, he was again convicted of misdemeanor indecent exposure and given probation, to be served concurrently with the previous sentence, according to DOC records.

He was given a third concurrent sentence of probation for two felony vehicle break-in convictions in March 2010.

Prosecutors said that Cates was also convicted of indecent exposure in 2006, but that could not be immediately confirmed through court or DOC records.


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  • randall0123a Mar 11, 2011

    Nothing will change for this sexual predator by lawmakers and the judicial system until this man rapes or assaults one of their daughters, then we will see what they think about letting him roam around our society.

  • hellorhighwaters Mar 10, 2011

    Please somebody tell me, 'WHY' does the justice system keep giving this man probation after probation? Clearly he has some deep seeded issues with exposing himself to people in general (not just children). So why isn't this man locked up and getting some help of some kind? With this many convictions of indecent exposure he should have served at least 8-10 years by now.
    And lowering his bond....what a joke. The judge was right....he is a threat to everyone that passes him.

    Maybe the DA will look at his past convictions closer this time; instead of just giving him probation and moving on to the next case.

  • Barrackawack Mar 10, 2011

    This guy needs to stay behind bars for the next 30 years.The Duke Lacrosse case is nothing compared to the Cleveland Texas case of 18 men raping an 11 year old girl and the media is afraid to touch it,WHY?

  • Ms.Manda Mar 10, 2011

    why not just chop his junk off and then he can't expose himself anymore?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 10, 2011

    I have the solution to the revolving door and probation problem. It will reduce government interference in our lives and keep people like Mr. Cates locked up.

    Legalize marijuana and let the victimless “criminals” out of jail. That should be good for at least 10% (15%?) vacancy, which leaves plenty of room for Mr. Cates.

    Anyone against this?

  • RUSTYROVER Mar 10, 2011

    OK this guys has had too many get out of jail cards...its time to put him away for a very very very long time

  • ccs1920 Mar 10, 2011

    The story says that he has extensive family in Durham. Probably a mother and 10 to 12 brothers and sisters.

  • u stand corrected Mar 10, 2011

    The daddy of the little girl probably wants to have a conversation with him. (or a little more)

  • Raptor06 Mar 10, 2011

    The men in the community should have a conversation with this individual.

  • u stand corrected Mar 10, 2011

    I have seen this guy somewhere in the recent past. Has anyone else? If so, what area?