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Fayetteville man charged with sex crimes against sisters

Posted December 17, 2008 8:53 a.m. EST
Updated December 17, 2008 9:26 a.m. EST

— A Cumberland County man, who has been in jail since September on charges of sexually molesting an 11-year old girl, now faces charges for committing similar crimes against the girl’s older sister, according to authorities.

Deputies say James David Parris, 39, of 4825 Backbay Road, arranged "cuddle time" with the sisters and touched them inappropriately.

The offenses happened on several occasions, beginning in July 2002, authorities said.

Deputies have charged Parris with 108 counts of sex crimes involving the two sisters. 

Detectives added three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, 36 counts of attempted first-degree statutory sexual offense and 36 counts of a sexual act by substitute parent; all of which were committed against the oldest sister, they said.

Authorities began investigating Parris in September after a relative of the victims reported the alleged crime against the 11-year-old.

Deputies held Parris in jail under a $100,000 bond in September. They have increased his bond to $2.8 million due to the additional charges.

He was scheduled to appear in a Cumberland County courtroom Wednesday on the new charges.