Local News

Raleigh Photographer Indicted on Child Sex Charges

Posted April 30, 2007 10:09 p.m. EDT
Updated May 3, 2007 2:28 p.m. EDT

— A grand jury indicted a Raleigh photographer Monday on child sex charges, and police say there could be more victims.

Raleigh police charged Ted Booker with one count of taking indecent liberties with a 3-year-old girl at his studio in 2006. He was also charged with statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a 10-year-old girl in the late 1980s. That alleged victim recently came forward to authorities.

Booker, who said on his Web site that he photographed children at the Artistic Image Studio in North Raleigh, has been ordered by a judge to stay away from children as a condition of his $50,000 bond.

Investigators said that with the two cases happening so far apart, they believe there is a good chance there are other victims.

“The incident that occurred in 2006 was something that occurred at his place of business,” said Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue. “A lot of time has transpired, so we're very interested in finding out whether there have been other instances involving this same suspect.”

“(Sex offenders) don't rape just one time. They continually do it until they're caught,” said Shawnta Wright, who is a sexual assault counselor with INTERACT of Wake County.

“I think parents need to be aware that sexual assault does happen to children, and they need to be talking to their kids about good-touch, bad-touch,” Wright said.

Sughrue said investigators on the case have urged people to come forward if they have information about any other allegations against Booker.

Booker and his attorney declined to comment to WRAL Monday evening.