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Police seek suspect in Cary Academy child sex assault

Posted October 31, 2012
Updated November 1, 2012

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— Authorities investigating an alleged sexual assault on a child on the campus of Cary Academy named the suspect Wednesday and asked for the public's help in finding him.

Cary police said Alfredo Martinez Lopez, 36, of the Wynslow Park area of Raleigh, is wanted in connection with the crime, which happened about 7:30 p.m. Friday on the grounds of the private school.

According to a 911 call in the case, the boy's father said he and his 14-year-old son were at the school when a man followed the boy into the gym bathroom and molested him.

"I need me a cop before I kill somebody," the caller told a dispatcher.

The boy, police said, is not a student at Cary Academy. Headmaster Mitch McGuigan said the suspect was a contract employee of a company that cleans the school.

"He’s got to be gone," the caller in the 911 call said. "Security said he left all his cleaning stuff and left."

Police first informed the public of the crime on Monday, saying they had issued a warrant for an arrest. But they declined to talk about a suspect, fearing he would flee.

Now, police said they are asking for help from residents.

"After exhausting all investigative leads, the town of Cary is turning to citizens to help locate and arrest a man related to a sex incident with a minor," town officials said in a statement.

Lopez is charged with three counts of statutory sex offense, which carries a penalty of up to 16 years in jail.

Cary police said they have been working closely with the city of Raleigh’s Fugitive Task Force and are confident that Lopez is still in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cary police at 919-469-4012 or Cary Crime Stoppers at 226-2746. Crime Stoppers pays up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest or indictment, and callers can remain confidential.


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  • ccie98 Nov 6, 2012

    Seems to be a trend at CA>

  • RAA0013 Nov 2, 2012

    Something seems wrong here - like there are details missing.

    And yes - it is easy for someone to just start using a SSN that belongs to someone else. I am a white female from Cary and a Hispanic man in Northern VA has been using my SSN for years. before I learned of it during a credit check. You can't stop them unless they try to use it for financial gain.

  • gingerlynn Nov 1, 2012

    Everify would have stopped them I bet.

  • btneast Nov 1, 2012

    But it probably would have prevented this tragedy for this boy

    I don't know, didn't all he have show up was driving with no license? Likley would not have stopped them from hiring him. Some on here were making it sound like if only a background check was mandatory for more jobs, it would prevent this from happening, and it just won't. I don't want folks to have a false sense of security.

  • gingerlynn Nov 1, 2012

    Btneast - you are absolutely correct especially if the person is using an alias and a stolen SSN. But when coupled with EVerify and a drug test the screening would deter a lot of would-be trouble-makers. I know it wouldn't prevent all crime as there are at least two other charges similar against apparent citizens today alone. But it probably would have prevented this tragedy for this boy.

  • morebadnews Nov 1, 2012

    I don't see where it says they were in the gym "alone" as some of you say...am I missing this? Also, it is very normal for a father not to excort his teenage son to the bathroom!!!

  • btneast Nov 1, 2012

    Background checks do not guarantee a squeaky clean crew. It's better than not performing one, but don't delude yourself into thinking that will solve this problem.

  • Grandpeople Nov 1, 2012

    Cary Academy can't do better than this? How did the criminal get into this elite school?

  • WhiteDog Nov 1, 2012

    Gnathostomata Sorry but the father is certainly partly responsible. He left his son in the gym alone. Would have been somewhat different if there was a basketball game going on and other people were there. Cant imagin what the father was doing all the time this was going on.

    Please read more carefully in the future- the boy was in the gym BATHROOM. Any blaming of the victims- the teenager or his family- is just wrong. I, as a mom, do indeed let my 13 year old son go to the bathroom all by himself. I really can't follow him in. Nor can my husband follow our 18 year old daughter into the restroom. A school, especially, should be a safe place.

  • batcave Nov 1, 2012

    A 14 yr old boy does not need a Hover Parent.