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Stokes NAACP head faces sex, firearms charges

Posted July 17, 2009

— Stokes County sheriff's deputies arrested the president of the local NAACP chapter on child sex and firearms charges Monday.

CBS affiliate WFMY reports that Larry Lash, 54, of Walnut Cove, was charged with six counts of statutory rape and two counts of sex offense and first-degree sex offense, among other sex charges.

Sheriff Mike Joyce told WFMY that there were three victims, including two under 16-years-old and that the alleged sex acts took place at Lash's home over a period of time.

Investigators found five guns and ammunition at Lash's house when they arrested him, leading to a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. According to state Department of Correction records, Lash was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 1974 and assault by pointing a gun and discharging a firearm into property in 1978.

William Barber, president of the state NAACP, said he has asked the national organization to immediately suspend Lash's membership and remove him from any offices.

"It is alleged that children were among Mr. Lash's victims. The N.C. NAACP's main concern is our children – all children," Barber said in a statement.

Barber said Lash, as any other accused person, is considered innocent until proven guilty, but pointed out that there was enough evidence to justify the charges and bond.

Lash was being held under a $1.5 million bond.


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  • NCAries Jul 20, 2009

    how would you feel if I started a National Association for the Advancement of White People (NCAAWP) organization?

    We already have one, it's called the U.S.A...read your history.

  • lkanzig Jul 17, 2009

    thats the answer for everything
    slavery and the bible.
    only good thing about slavery is that its over with.
    as far as religion..please!

  • mrduright Jul 17, 2009

    I am done, may you all have a good weekend. And we will be back at it next week.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Jul 17, 2009

    So you are the person in the middle with a little ignorance. WOW!! Apprently, you wish to be in slavery when its over, sugar. Get a history and bible book and start learning so you will have the intelligent to chat. :)
    July 17, 2009 4:21 p.m.
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    OK now...Who's saying WHO doesn't have the INTELLIGENCE to chat...

  • lkanzig Jul 17, 2009

    did they not do a background check on this guy before appointing him the head?
    and why on earth is it that every time someone says something about the naacp that slavery is brought up? GET OVER IT! THE CIVIL WAR HAS BEEN OVER FOR ALMOST 150 YEARS!
    oh and as far as mlk's dream.. bev and her buddies is pushing it away from all of us.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Jul 17, 2009

    Regardless what race you are, we will all died from something one day. That makes us really equal. God created us all, regardless.
    July 17, 2009 4:16 p.m.
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    If you could EVERYONE to understand that, then things would not be as bad.

  • bronzegoddess40 Jul 17, 2009

    fair enough, but it isnt about knowing all blacks it is about opening your eyes. Do you personally think most blacks are over slavery and it means nothing to them?

    Personally speaking, I know that slavery existed, I also know that it was atrocious and it is a hard thing to forget when you are black, and I am not saying that it means nothing to them, but I just don't believe that ALL blacks are obsessed by it. I know that I am not. I will not forget it because it is a part of history but I don't dwell on it, because I don't have to.

  • mrduright Jul 17, 2009


    This is a means to an end, The NAACP does not speak for me I have a voice. MLK has been dead for 40 years but his dream is in me. I give everyone I meet the benefit of doubt, we all have prejudice against one another but with understanding we can put those prejudices away. My comments here place a mirror to those who would tell lies just to pump themselves up. Does this answer your question!?

  • Professor Jul 17, 2009

    Help me find a job? Will you do that?

  • Professor Jul 17, 2009

    thanks Wral for allowing my comments. Have a great weekend. I hope to see better stories next week. :)