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Registered Sex Offender Arrested For Raping 12-Year-Old

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James Earl Thomas
HARNETT COUNTY, N.C. — Authorities arrested a registered sex offender in Harnett County last week on charges that he allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl.

The Harnett County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that James Earl Thomas was arrested and charged with first-degree rape after the victim's mother reported the allegations to authorities last week.

According to the sheriff's office, the victim's mother alleges that Thomas, in October, went into a room where the victim was sleeping and raped her. She had been visiting a friend near where Thomas lived.

Thomas is in the Harnett County Jail under a secured bond of $100,000.

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