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Two men face sex charges involving 15-year-old

Posted January 30, 2009

— Fayetteville police detectives arrested two men accused of taking indecent liberties against a 15-year-old girl.

Detectives first opened an investigation of Harry Bugler, 21, of 249 Westwood Drive, and his involvement with the victim. Police said that the investigation revealed that John Edmundson, 19, of 3006 Sigman St., had also been involved with the girl since November 2008.

Detectives arrested Edmundson Wednesday and Bugler Thursday.

Bugler was charged with three counts each of taking indecent liberties with a child and crimes against nature and two counts each of statutory sexual offenses and statutory rape.

Edmundson was charged with two counts each of taking indecent liberties with a child and statutory rape.

Both men were being held in the Cumberland County Jail Friday morning. Bugler had a $160,000 secured bond, and Edmundson had a $50,000 secured bond.

Bugler's first court appearance was set for Friday afternoon.


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  • Navaho1 Jan 30, 2009

    This one sounds like a "WASTE" pf tome fpr both the police and the courts! They all look like kids to me.

  • gotsomesense Jan 30, 2009

    I agree with the majority here. She may not be old enough to enter into a contract, but she knew what was going on. I see it all the time where I work around high school students. I am a woman, but what I have also seen is that if it's the guy who is a little older then they want to nail him to the wall. If the older party was a woman, she'd have to be 20 years older to warrant any consequences. There's a serious double standard here. I also know many 15 year old girls who look like they are 20 or older because their parents allow them to wear clothing and makeup that make them appear that way and because biologically girls are maturing faster than ever and so they do appear to be that old. I also knew a situation where everything was fine til the young couple broke up and then the girl's mother takes charges out on the guy, when she was the one who let him sleep in her home.

    Unless she was forced, give these guys a break and be reasonable.

  • anne53ozzy Jan 30, 2009

    Finally...I am 56 years old now and a "child" of the birth control revolution in this country. The advent of such gave different choices to young women who were and are no longer at risk of unplanned pregnacies. I believe this law was put in place in part to protect the young women who had no such options from becoming pregnant. It is antiquated now. And the new antiquated thought is that some how it is wrong to use boirth control at a young age or to offer options to sexually active teens that the parents may not condone.

  • anne53ozzy Jan 30, 2009

    The issue of statutory rape needs to be revisited in this day and age. Without knowing the circumstances in this case, it is immaterial to make any statement. However, if this was consensual, which it often is between people of similar ages, I would like to know if there is parental pressure from the girl's family in initiating this action. If she was actually raped, then that is another issue. Once again, the law cannot take the place of the parents in restricting or condoning behaviors that tenns engage in. If these boys are guilty of a forcible rape, then they should be arraigned. If not, someone needs to be more aware of their daughter's actions as well.

  • readerman Jan 30, 2009

    Well said, Crayzee1. If a 15 year old isn't competent to consent to sex, she isn't old enough to be charged for an adult crime either. If they charged these things when I was in high school, half the senior class (who were dating sophomores) would have been locked up.

  • Crayzee1 Jan 30, 2009

    Let the 15 year old girl commit a serious enough crime, she would be considered an adult, BUT if her boyfriend is 19, she's a child. I understand completely. On the other hand the 21 year old is a little old. The 19, whats the problem? Heck, they could be in the same class in high school if he failed a time or two.

  • steinbeck18 Jan 30, 2009

    She was involved with John since November? Does that mean dating? That doesn't sound like taking advantage of her- sounds like her parents just found out. It's too bad if that is the case.
    Too much crying 'wolf' and then when a young girl is really taken advantage of no one is really believes it.

  • mys1983 Jan 30, 2009

    Wow, interesting conversations. My thought is, it is wrong on all 3 parts. They shouldn't have been doing it anyway, but unless they forced this girl, she is just as responsible as they are. Now they should have known better, but they are all KIDS and didn't think. These girls get away with this stuff all the time, because mommy and daddy don't won't to believe their little angels and princess are sleeping around...news flash.... they are...but having them arrested isn't going to stop her.

  • Common Sense Man Jan 30, 2009

    "Would you call her an adult?

    If you make allowances based on being within 6 months of age, then waht about the child within a month of the 6 months, and so on."

    Not an adult, but not a child.

  • nobama Jan 30, 2009

    I keep looking for the pictures of the "men," but I can't find any. They are kids teenage kids all three of them. Charging any of the three with a crime is not the answer.