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Smithfield man charged in home invasion, sexual assault cases

A 34-year-old Smithfield man was charged Wednesday in connection with a home invasion and an unrelated December sexual assault of a minor, the Johnston County Sheriff's Office said.

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Christopher James Derusha
SMITHFIELD, N.C. — A 34-year-old Smithfield man was charged Wednesday in connection with a home invasion and an unrelated December sexual assault of a minor, the Johnston County Sheriff's Office said. 

Christopher James Derusha, of Yellow Stone Lane, is charged with first-degree burglary, larceny, assault on a female and taking indecent liberties with a child. He was in the Johnston County jail Friday under a $75,500 bond. 

According to authorities, Derusha broke into a home on Camelia Drive near Selma Wednesday and assaulted a woman before taking her purse. 

Derusha was also under investigation for allegedly touching a 10-year-old girl on Dec. 8, authorities said, and he was charged in that case following the home invasion arrest.

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