A North Carolina man was arrested and charged with second degree sexual offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child.  

The Cherokee County (NC) Sheriff's Office say they arrested Kevin Ray Barnett, a 34 year old Murphy man after allegations were made to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office that Barnett had engaged in sexual acts with a child under 13 years of age.

The HAVEN Child Advocacy Center and the Cherokee County Department of Social Services assisted investigators in gathering enough information to present the case to the North Carolina Magistrate who issued arrest warrants for Barnett's arrest.

Barnett was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on December 11th, 2014 and placed on a $100,000.00 secure bond; he has a December 30th, 2014 Cherokee County District Court date.  


Sheriff Palmer stated “It is through continuing team work such as involving HAVEN Child Advocacy Center, the Cherokee County Department of Social Services as well as keeping our Assistant District Attorneys informed early in our investigations that we are able to continue to protect our youth.”

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