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Spring Lake man accused of indecent liberties with child

Posted July 28, 2010

— Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives have charged a Spring Lake man with taking indecent liberties with a child.

Ronnie Lee Tanner, 55, of 627 Goodyear Drive, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday night after learning about warrants for his arrest, according to authorities.

Investigators say Tanner allegedly forced an 8-year-old girl to sit on his lap and wouldn’t let her get up. When the girl threatened to tell her grandmother about the incident, Tanner reportedly threatened her, authorities said.

Tanner was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. He was expected to make a first court appearance Wednesday.


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  • wildcat Jul 30, 2010

    This person needs to be relieved of his ability to breath air!

    Since you are not God and did not create this world. You do not get to make that kind of decision. I thank God for that. He has the right to breathe the same air as you.

  • wildcat Jul 30, 2010

    Parents you have a responsibilty too. Never leave your underage children alone outside or inside. Know who is around your children. Never allow them to go with strangers that you don't know. Be aware of family members too.

  • wildcat Jul 30, 2010

    I hope and pray the courts will allow this man to get 60 years in prison. He knew right from wrong.

  • avidreader Jul 28, 2010

    People are getting more peverse with each day. LOCK these people away for good and keep them away from our children!!!

  • Desiderata Jul 28, 2010

    Wouldn;t want to be the lawyer who pleaded his case last time...should be the last time that lawyer ever practiced..This person needs to be relieved of his ability to breath air!

  • noodler Jul 28, 2010

    "I guess Santa at the mall is the worst of the worst" thatsgreat

    But Santa will let you go and won't threaten you. big difference here.

  • Ambygirl Jul 28, 2010

    discostud, don't feel bad. They did the same thing to me only my comments were just asking questions. Nothing wrong with the content.........just don't understand why some are posted and others are thrown out for no reason.......

  • DiscoStu65 Jul 28, 2010

    imagine the WRAL bleeding heart mods not printing my comment as to what should be done with pedophiles.

    Once again, way to take the side of the accused rather than the victim.

  • working for deadbeats Jul 28, 2010

    Sat on his lap, huh... What other details are missing?

    I guess Santa at the mall is the worst of the worst.

  • Adelinthe Jul 28, 2010

    Truly - "Sadly, these animals have rights..."

    You're right, but we as an intelligent enlightened society need to have measures where we can determine which are civilized humans and which are uncivilized, i.e. animals, and we need to treat the predatory uncivilized they way animals are meant to be treated - encaged or thoroughly outcast forever.

    God bless.