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Ex-Bunn officer indicted on indecent liberties charges

Posted January 13, 2011 9:51 a.m. EST
Updated January 13, 2011 7:47 p.m. EST

— A grand jury indicted a former Bunn police officer Monday on charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor, Police Chief Kent Winstead said Thursday.

James Newton Perry, 26, of 45 Gus McGhee Road in Bunn, was indicted on four counts of the offense, which court records indicate happened with a girl under age 16 between September 2008 and September 2009.

Perry was in the Franklin County jail Thursday under a $100,000 bond.

Winstead said that Perry was fired from the department in November following an internal investigation. The department turned the case over to the State Bureau of Investigation, which sent the case to the grand jury.

The alleged abuse occurred while Perry was off duty, Winstead said, but he declined to release more details about the case.

Court documents show no force was used in the alleged incidents but that alcohol was involved.

Perry had worked for the department from April 2009 until November 2010, the chief said.