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Registered sex offender faces 22 new charges in abuse case

Posted December 5, 2012

— Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives have charged a registered sex offender accused of abusing a child for nearly a decade.

Manuel Ferrer, 58, of 3298 Reno Drive, Fayetteville, was arrested Tuesday after a monthlong investigation. He faces 22 felony charges, including first-degree rape of a child, first-degree statutory rape, sex offense in a parental role, crimes against nature and indecent liberties with a minor.

The victim told investigators that Ferrer had inappropriate contact with her from 2003 until February 2012. The behavior happened at his home, she said.

Ferrer was held on $1.4 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

According to the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry, Ferrer was convicted in another state in 1995 and listed on the registry since 2005. His victim was 18 or older.

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  • CharmedLife Dec 7, 12:32 p.m.

    OMG!!! That's alot of charges! But if he did it, then he's gotta do the time!!!! No if, ands, or buts about it!

  • jswaine2 Dec 5, 4:25 p.m.

    WHY!!!!!!

  • jet9192 Dec 5, 4:14 p.m.

    Our world is so messed up. As long as we have such lax people in government that feels like anything goes, it will get worse and worse. There is no accounting for things that are so wrong these days. It is all out in the open. Men with men, women with women all over the media. Just Turn your TV on and it's right in front of you and if that's not enough, you go to the computer. Then grab the first person you think you can get by with something with.

    Yes, I am Christian and I don't watch these shows or use the internet for such purpose but I know it's there. I believe a fetus is a life and marriage should be between a man and a woman. I just pray that some day things will be better. I also pray for these children that are being abused.

    I just read about the other guy in Fayetteville that is being extradited to Fla. is just under a 250k bond. I doubt he will be incarcerated very long. He will be out ruining another child's life. Wilderness prisons are what we need.

  • piene2 Dec 5, 3:50 p.m.

    Trust me I know that Australia was founded on a similar concept....but I am talking about in the middle of the ocean not connected to another Continent.
    workinghuman33"

    I do not quite know how to break this to you but Australia is known as, "The Island Continent" because it is an island and is not connected to any other continent.

  • Killian Dec 5, 3:00 p.m.

    Glass Half Full wrote: "I think it is because some abusers hold respectable places of honor and respect in society that are laws on this type of abuse are as lax as they are. When we learn to ignore who they think they are and treat them like who they really are, then we might get somewhere. I also agree with putting them all on an island somewhere and leaving them to fend for themselves among others like them."

    Well said. Organization such as the Boy Scouts, long held in such high esteem, are now being shown to be harbors for pedophiles. The coverups that have been revealed are sickening, and there sheer number of young victims that they failed are devastating.

    Pedophiles don't need a second chance, and neither do the people who choose to protect them instead of the child.

  • dollibug Dec 5, 1:37 p.m.

    *****Pedophiles kill souls and often create other pedophiles in doing so....

    So very true....

    ****I think it is because some abusers hold respectable places of honor and respect in society that are laws on this type of abuse are as lax as they are.

    I think you have hit the nail right on the head here....only WHEN AND IF laws are changed will it get better for a lot of people....hold those people responsible and accountable for *WHAT THEY HIDE and know to be true*....STOP PROTECTING these *worthless and hopeless abusers*....

  • lisa4 Dec 5, 12:20 p.m.

    Glass Half Full...........AMEN!!!!

  • Glass Half Full Dec 5, 12:02 p.m.

    I think it is because some abusers hold respectable places of honor and respect in society that are laws on this type of abuse are as lax as they are. When we learn to ignore who they think they are and treat them like who they really are, then we might get somewhere. I also agree with putting them all on an island somewhere and leaving them to fend for themselves among others like them.

  • dollibug Dec 5, 11:42 a.m.

    ****Oh hey, this guy has apparently demonstrated that rehabilitation doesn't work. He needs to go away for good this time. The time line still bugs me.


    These people are *SICK*....and there are so many of them who have not been caught....it is sad when they prey on family members are are never caught....it happens though and it happens a lot....people would be quite SHOCKED that they are in all *WALKS OF LIFE*....what is sadder is when other family members are RUINED FOR LIFE....and these family members try to get some sort of *CLOSURE for their abuse* and blame other people for what they have been through....there are law enforcement and social workers who actually *HIDE* from this sort of abuse....not exactly the kind of person one would think could or would *hide such abuse*...

  • workinghuman33 Dec 5, 11:26 a.m.

    Trust me I know that Australia was founded on a similar concept....but I am talking about in the middle of the ocean not connected to another Continent.

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