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Spring Lake man faces charges of link with girl, 14

Posted March 6, 2009

— Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives charged a Spring Lake man on Friday with 28 felonies and misdemeanors, including statutory rape for alleged involvement with a 14-year-old girl.

Authorities released Jose Cruz-Latorre, 19, of 200 Eppingdale Drive, from the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $150,000 unsecured bond.

Investigators arrested him Friday for an alleged sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. The victim, who told authorities she had been involved with Latorre since 2008, has had two pregnancies and one abortion and claims he is the father, according to detectives.

Authorities charged Latorre with:

  • five counts of statutory rape
  • one count of burglary
  • five counts of attempted larceny
  • five counts of breaking and entering of vehicles
  • one count of larceny from a building
  • one count of misdemeanor larceny
  • three counts of larceny of a motor vehicle
  • one count of possession of stolen goods
  • three counts of possession of a stolen vehicle
  • one count of possessing stolen goods
  • two counts of felony conspiracy

Latorre was scheduled to make a first court appearance at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Cumberland County Detention Center Courtroom.


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  • sandhillsk9 Mar 6, 2009

    she is 14and the 2. time pregnant .. had 1 abortion .. is pregnant again she must started with 12 or 13 ... whats wrong on this picture. The parents are wrong in this picture: should she not be on birth control after the first time?????

    And after the new voices he will get punished and walk free b/c we can't pay for him being in Jail and spread the seed of trouble. Oh by the way we will pay for the child and 14 year old mother too.

  • gingerlynn Mar 6, 2009

    I always remind my 17 year old son to stay away from young girls. Trouble. The age of consent is 16 and it doesn't matter if she is the aggressor. Or if she makes the whole thing up.

  • Eduardo1 Mar 6, 2009

    I usually do not get confused, BUT in this case I will make an exception. my question include: how old was she, when she became sexually involved with him? how old was he at that time? what were her ages for each pregnancies? did either of there parents know about them? how has this SLUG been able to accumulate all of these felony charges? SHAWNA..I think you should seek help! Oh my last question, WHY IS HE OUT ON THE STREET>?

  • anneonymousone Mar 6, 2009

    Any1butcarolina0405, there are some high school seniors that a high school freshman could date, and there are some that are out of the question. Dating is different from sexual involvement, and that is the core of this. And while we can not naively pretend that no high school relationships include sex, not all high school students are sexually active, no matter how long they have known their partner.

    In truth, though, there seem to be few 19 year olds who are high school students for good reasons. I would identify good reasons as: English not being their first language, learning disabilities what went undiagnosed too long, many school transfers because of parents' job changes, health problems that kept students back a grade, and the like.

  • DougWare.NET Mar 6, 2009

    What's the difference in these two charges?

    # one count of possession of stolen goods
    # one count of possessing stolen goods

  • mmania Mar 6, 2009


    There is a world of difference between a 19 yr old male and a 14 yr old girl child.

    You can make your point without the name calling.

    You are right about one thing, people today don't think their children know anything and trust them. Both are the most foolish things a parent could do.

  • J. Q. Public 573 Mar 6, 2009

    It would be interesting to know if the 14 year old female was involved in the other crimes he was charged with, like the car break-ins and larcenies...

  • any1butcarolina0405 Mar 6, 2009

    haha how many parents out there have a son dating your daughter and he's over 16? hmmmmm hope you're just as strict and ruthless with HIM as you are this guy! Guilty until proven innocent in this country! That's like a freshman and a senior dating and they should be charged with a crime? Well... that would certainly solve over crowding in our schools!

  • anneonymousone Mar 6, 2009

    If she is five years younger than he is, I don't think she can be held to be as responsible as she is. Granted, if she is of typical intellectual capacity, she does bear some responsibility, but if she was 12 or 13, and he was 17 or 18, he has much more power in the world, which is why we try to protect children and young teens with statutory rape laws.

  • shawna Mar 6, 2009

    You people are all crazy. You act like he was 50years old or something. They were both teens and I bet she was the aggressor here. You delusional crackpots dont get out much, dont have much contact with teenagers or are just prudish bible thumpers.