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Cumberland County Man Charged With 19 Sexual Offenses

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office has arrested 19-year-old Ryan Lorn Petty on nine counts of statutory rape, eight counts of statutory sex offense and two counts of first-degree rape.

Petty, taken into custody Aug. 1, is being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $325,000 secured bond.

The charges stem from incidents involving two females ages 12 and 14.

The incidents with the 14-year-old occurred from March through June of 2003 and involved the statutory charges. The incidents with the 12-year-old occurred from January through July of 2003 and are related to the two first-degree rape charges.

The investigation began on July 26, when the 14-year-old told her mother about an incident with Petty. The mother notified the sheriff's office.

The incidents involving the 12-year-old were investigated as a result of information obtained in the original investigation.

Petty was charged with one count of indecent liberties in October of 2001. He was out of jail on pre-trial release pending a court action.