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65-Year-Old Facing Indecent Liberty Charges; More Could Follow

Posted February 15, 2007 9:18 p.m. EST
Updated May 16, 2007 3:39 p.m. EDT

— The Wake County District Attorney's Office said Thursday it is likely that more charges could be filed against a 65-year-old man charged with inappropriately touching two young girls.

"We've identified at least three other victims that I believe may have been involved with some inappropriate touching here in Wake County," Assistant District Attorney Melanie Shekita said.

Donald Cameron, of 5405 Shadowbrook Drive, was arrested Oct. 6 on two counts of indecent liberties for the alleged actions against an 8- and 9-year-old, which occurred in March and April of the same year.

He rejected a plea deal from prosecutors on Thursday.

Authorities have identified six more potential victims and some of the potential charges date back more than 30 years.

"There are some additional victims from when he lived in California who have contacted us," Shekita said.

Parents of the victims did not suspect Cameron was anything but a friendly neighbor until one of the neighborhood children witnessed the touching and urged the girls to tell their parents.

Cameron has no criminal record, but Shekita said he was investigated on a similar accusation 10 years ago when he was volunteering at a local school. No criminal charges were ever filed.

"I think it's very important for other parents to know (that) even though they check the sex offender registry and there's nobody in their neighborhood, that's not a free ticket," the parent of one of the children said.

Parents said Cameron was friendly, gracious and delighted to have their children play in his yard. They said that when the children starting going there to play, they contacted him to make sure the children were not an imposition. They said he was happy to have them play there.

"We're really trying to emphasize that she hasn't done anything wrong, that we're doing the right thing here," the child's parent said. "It's very important for us to do this so that other kids don't become victims down the road