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Sex offender charged in Carteret girl's abduction

Posted October 15, 2012

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— A Newport man was formally charged Monday with kidnapping a 12-year-old girl last month and taking her to Florida.

Timothy Howard Newman, 38, of 381 Bogue Loop Road, is charged with abduction of a child, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, two counts of identity theft and failure to report a change of address as a registered sex offender.

Newman was being held in the Carteret County jail under a $1 million bond, and authorities said more charges are pending.

The girl's father reported her missing on Sept. 25 and told the Carteret County Sheriff's Office that he believed she was with Newman, who is a family friend.

A multi-state Amber Alert was issued for the girl, and law enforcement agencies around the Southeast were put on alert for the red Chrysler Sebring Newman was believed to be driving. He was arrested Sept. 27 in Hallandale Beach, Fla., and the girl was returned home.

Court documents state that Newman told investigators that he planned to marry the girl, even though he knew she was only 12. The girl told investigators that she and Newman had a sexual relationship, and they devised a plan to run off together.

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  • dcatz Oct 16, 2012

    "Why no statutory rape charges? She's too young to consent."

    Statutory rape only applies to ages 13-15. For younger children, the crime is simply "rape of a child" under NCGS 14-27-2A and carries a significantly higher punishment.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 16, 2012

    They'll have to keep him locked up, because if he is free, he'll do it again base on the news report. He doesn't think he did anything wrong.

  • twatkinsntp Oct 16, 2012

    Something still doesn't make sense about all of this......seems the father knew the guy was a sex offender but still allowed his daughter to be around this guy......?

  • bjl660 Oct 15, 2012

    Why no statutory rape charges? She's too young to consent.

  • dirkdiggler Oct 15, 2012

    some family friend.....my parents had a lot of good looking male friends who i would crush on as a teen. fortunately, none of them lacked the morals this guy did and if they did, i'm sure my dad would have taken care of them quicker than the law would have.

  • romneycare Oct 15, 2012

    Sick man, lock him up forever... and I hope the girl gets the mental counseling she needs.