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Children's Counselor Charged with Molestation

Posted May 21, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

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

Participating in prostitution is one of the charges he faces. Investigators say McDonald paid five dollars for sex with a teen who was not one of the court counselor's clients. Based on arrest papers, it appears the teen is from McDonald's neighborhood.

Since last August, McDonald has worked in the Cumberland County Courthouse as a juvenile counselor. His name is still on the board in the office, but Fayetteville Police Sgt. Steve McIntosh says he has been suspended.

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