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Man, 62, engaged in child prostitution, police say

Posted August 23, 2008 8:59 a.m. EDT
Updated August 23, 2008 1:54 p.m. EDT

— A Fayetteville man previously convicted of sex offenses involving minors faces fresh charges of engaging in child prostitution.

Detectives say that Barney Keester Pauze, 62, of 136 Meadowsweet Drive, agreed to pay a 17-year-old and 13-year-old for sex in two separate cases.

Pauze agreed to pay the 17-year-old victim with money and narcotics in exchange for sex, detectives with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said. They alleged that Pauze used an agent to arrange payment for the 13-year-old child to participate in a variety of sexual acts.

In the two cases combined, Pauze faces two counts of participating in the prostitution of a minor and one count each of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, attempting statutory sex offense and indecent liberties with a minor.

Detectives arrested Pauze on Friday evening. He was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond Saturday afternoon. His first court appearance was scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Detectives continue to work on the case and expect to file more charges, said Debbie Tana, the public-information officer for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

In December 1987, Pauze was convicted on multiple charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor in Robeson County, according to state Department of Correction records. One offense occurred in February 1986.

He served four years in prison.