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Cary man charged with indecent liberties with boy

Posted August 7, 2008 2:20 p.m. EDT
Updated August 8, 2008 10:32 a.m. EDT

— Police arrested a Cary man Thursday in a suspected case of sex crimes involving a 12-year-old Sanford boy.

Dakota Walter Lee Melton, 21, of 324 Brook Arbor Drive, is charged with one count of felony taking indecent liberties with children and one count of second-degree kidnapping. He was out of jail Thursday afternoon on a $20,000 secured bond.

According to search warrants returned Tuesday, Melton met and chatted with the boy on MySpace, picked him up near his home in Sanford and took him back to Cary, where they went to dinner and a movie before going back to Melton's apartment.

The boy fell asleep on a couch and awoke with a man "sucking on his neck," investigators said in search warrant affidavits. A juvenile-certified sexual assault nurse examiner found hickeys on the boy's body, the warrant stated.

During their initial investigation on July 24, Melton told investigators at his apartment that he and his roommate, performed sexual acts via a Web cam for their primary source of income.

That prompted investigators to apply for search warrants. They seized five computer hard drives, a DVD, a digital camera and two memory cards from the apartment.

Authorities said Thursday the investigation continues and there could be more arrests.

The maximum sentence on a conviction of second-degree kidnapping is 74 months in prison and 49 months for indecent liberties with a child.