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Counselor Charged with Sexual Assault

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

— His job is to counsel kids in trouble with the law. Now he's the one in 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 back in January. Among the charges he faces-- participating in prostitution. Investigators say McDonald paid five dollars for the sex. WRAL Reporter Rick Gall was told the teen was not one of the court counselors clients. Based on arrest papers, it appears he's from McDonald's neighborhood.

Twenty-eight-year-old Michael McDonald of Fayetteville is supposed to help juvenile delinquents get back on the right track, instead he himself is behind bars. 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, although he's been suspended.

McDonald's neighbors say they've seen men going in and out of his house, but never a kid. One neighbor even went so far as to express shock over the arrest. Jerome Farmer said the news comes as a surprise because McDonald lived in the community.

McDonald is now in the Cumberland County Jail being held on $50,000 secured bond. Police are still investigating, but at this point, there's no indication there is more than one victim.

Rick Gall reporting