Delays plague arrest of suspect on sex charges involving a child
Lab backlog and the suspect's move created a 3 year delay in the prosecution
MURPHY, North Carolina (WDEF) – The Sheriff in Cherokee County, North Carolina announces the arrest of a suspect on charges of sexual contact and secretly videoing a child.
That suspect is 34 year old Shawn Michael Robinson.
The investigation actually began more than three years ago.
There was an allegation that Robinson had secretly put a cell phone in the bathroom of a minor female where they lived and recorded video.
Investigators seized computers phones and took over his social accounts.
But because of the backlog at the state crime lab, it took them more than a year to get the evidence from the electronics.
A grand jury finally indicted Robinson at the beginning of this year, but by then, he had left the area.
Only last week, did they track him down in Clay County, North Carolina.
The Sheriff says after his arrest, they learned that Robinson had actually moved back in to the residence where the victim was living.
The charges against him are two counts of Indecent Liberties with a child and two counts of Secret Peeping.
But he is back out on bond again.
Robinson is due back in court in February.
Chief Deputy Joe Wood stated “Great team work by Cherokee and Graham County DSS Departments, HAVEN Child Advocacy Center, and both the Clay and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office as well as the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Lab. Again by getting these players together we are able to provide a safer community.”