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Children's Counselor Charged with Molestation

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FAYETTEVILLE — His job is to counsel kids in troublewith the law, but now he's the one in legal trouble. An employee with theState Juvenile Services Division faces four sex charges involving a minor. Fayetteville police say Michael McDonald had sex with a 14-year-old boy inJanuary.

Participating in prostitution is one of the charges he faces. Investigators say McDonald paid five dollars for sex with a teen who wasnot one of the court counselor's clients. Based on arrest papers, itappears the teen is from McDonald's neighborhood.

Since last August, McDonald has worked in the Cumberland CountyCourthouse as a juvenile counselor. His name is still on the board in theoffice, but Fayetteville Police Sgt. Steve McIntosh says he has beensuspended.

One of Mcdonald's neighbors, Jerome Farmer, says he often sawmen entering and leaving the house, but he never saw a minor.

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