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Sanford Man Arrested for Soliciting Child, Released on $5,000 Bond

Posted April 4, 2007 10:38 p.m. EDT
Updated April 4, 2007 11:11 p.m. EDT

— Cumberland County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a former Harnett County Fire and Rescue worker with soliciting a child on the Internet to commit sexual acts.

James Burgess Fearon Jr., 53, of 2505 Brooks Drive in Sanford is charged with sending unsolicited nude photos and videos to an undercover officer posing as a 14-year old girl.

Fearon allegedly asked the girl to meet him in a Spring Lake parking lot to engage in sexual activities. Fearon was arrested shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday by members of the Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team as he waited for his victim.

Fearon is charged with one felony count of soliciting a child by computer to commit sexual acts. He was held in the Cumberland County Detention Center but was later released under a $5,000 secured bond, according to police.

His first court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday in District Courtroom 2B.

Fearon was charged in the state of New Hampshire in 1989 for sex offenses against a child and was sentenced to five years probation.

Sheriff’s Detectives were assisted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, SBI agents and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.