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Pitt County 16-year-old accused of indecent liberties with child

Posted March 18, 2013

— Pitt County sheriff's detectives arrested a 16-year-old from Washington on Friday and charged him with indecent liberties with a child under age 13.

Joseph Keyes III, of 5646 Tori Lane, is accused of sexually assaulting the child at the Rivercreek Mobile Home Park from Dec. 1, 2012, through Jan. 7, when the alleged crime was reported.

Keyes is not related to the child, sheriff's officials said. He was being held on a $15,000 bond. No other information was released.


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  • tres1p Mar 18, 2013

    How come they are showing a picture of this boy, who is under the age of 17. I thought they are not suppose to show the faces of minors?????????????

  • North Carolina Cutie Mar 18, 2013

    Kids playing because he is 16 he should no better and he can not take of the consequenches that result from this act. And because you did back then does not mean children should do it today we should teach them better and hope they listen

  • pja1357 Mar 18, 2013

    This needs to be put to a stop immediately. Do not put this kid back on the street with just a slap on the wrist. He will do it again and again.

  • sunshine1040 Mar 18, 2013

    Hey parents when do you think it is time to have a talk with you children about the birds bees and sex and the word sexual assult and that list you can be put on for life

  • SportsLover75 Mar 18, 2013

    wewoods-- the report says someone UNDER THE AGE OF 13! So they could have been anywhere betweet 1 & 12years old. That is against the law no matter what. Also, a 16 year old knows better.

  • illegalsgohomerevised Mar 18, 2013

    Doesn't matter how old the other party is except to say they were under 13....more than 4 years difference and of the age not to be giving consent....based on the current laws. It doesn't take a rocket fuel scientist to figure out you don't have sex with someone that young!

  • wewoods Mar 18, 2013

    He's 16, the other was ???? Now he is in jail under a $15K bond??

    How old was his "partner"?
    Was it consensual? (not forced or manipulated or coerced)

    These are very important questions to know before you print an article depicting this young man as a monster. Folks, that would be brainwashing right there. We have already formulated an opinion of the 16 yr old before we even learn of all the facts. What if they were bf and gf and decided this for themselves? Mom or dad catches them in the act and guess what, bf is in prison and most likely his life is ruined.

    NEWS FLASH!! Kids are having sex. We did then. They are now.

    If this was rape or manipulation on his part, prison for a long time of course.

    When any human m or f reaches puberty, their body starts telling them to have sex - just like their friends, TV, magazines, movies... parents and teachers telling them they shouldn't, well who do you think is going to win that argument? Teach them about the risks sex brings with it.

  • marciamal1 Mar 18, 2013

    This society really is disqusting - terrible what teens think of and experience these days - just makes my stomach sick

  • pizno82 Mar 18, 2013

    Hey these were just kids playing