Newton Grove man charged with sex offenses

By Chris Berendt - [email protected]
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A Newton Grove man stands charged with felony sex offenses against a juvenile relative following an extensive investigation by local law enforcement and child advocates, according to reports.

Nicholas Qumane Craddock, 28, of 860 Kenan Weeks Road, Newton Grove, has been charged with statutory rape of a child by an adult and indecent liberties with a child. Craddock was arrested Wednesday at his Newton Grove residence and placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond.

The victim is a juvenile and a relative of Craddock. The alleged incident was first reported to the Clinton Police Department by another relative of the juvenile victim in June 2017.

“In investigations like this, we work in partnership with the Child Advocacy Center,” said Clinton Police Chief Donald Edwards. “After a collaborative investigation by the team, warrants were issued against (Craddock).”

His bond was set at $150,000 secured.

Details released on such crimes is limited, and names not disclosed, due to the sensitive nature of the cases and to protect victims involved.

Police often collaborate with the Sampson County Child Advocacy Center om such cases. Another arm of the Department of Social Services, the CAC advocates for young victims, especially those of physical abuse. There, young victims are interviewed once, and various agencies — including law enforcement — gather information at the same time, in an effort to limit the stress on children and their families.

A multi-disciplinary team, consisting of members from law enforcement, Social Services, prosecution, medical providers, Guardian ad Litem, mental health professionals and school officials, work together on the case. The team uses its resources to review all cases and provide assistance, advocacy and protection to victims, with the CAC playing a key role.

“It is a good partnership for Sampson County,” Edwards has said of the CAC. “I can’t overstate how important the CAC is in these types of cases. It is very critical for the investigation and subsequent prosecution of these kinds of cases.”

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Craddock was convicted in 2008 for possession of burglary tools in Sampson. He received a suspended sentence, but subsequently had his probation revoked and served three months in prison in 2011, court records show. There are no other convictions on Craddock’s N.C. record.

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By Chris Berendt

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