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BOLIVIA, NC (NEWS RELEASE) – On April 24, 2011 at approximately 7:00pm, former Detective Sergeant Henry Thomas Cole was arrested by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and charged with Indecent Liberties with a Minor. After a first appearance, he remains in custody under a $25,000 secured bond.

Sheriff Ingram requested the SBI to conduct a criminal investigation as soon as he learned of the allegations against Mr. Cole. Mr. Cole’s employment was terminated by Sheriff Ingram on 4-24-2011 prior to charges being filed by the SBI.


Detective Sergeant Henry Thomas Cole was arrested by the State Bureau of Investigation on April 24, 2011, for a charge of Indecent Liberties with a Child.

Sergeant Cole is a long time member of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office who has a number of cases currently pending in the Criminal Justice System.

The public should have every confidence that justice in this case will be decided based upon the facts and the law.

Sheriff Ingram had the wisdom to ask another law enforcement agency to conduct the investigation. Likewise, I have asked for a prosecutor from outside this jurisdiction to be appointed to handle this matter.

Both the District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office recognize the importance of having outside independent agencies handle this case in order to prevent the appearance of impropriety or favoritism.

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4 Comments on "Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Detective charged with molesting a child; Fired by department"

2015 years 8 months ago

Enjoy your time in Hoke Co jail. You will be the star of the prison football team. I bet you will get to play tight end at first and then move to wide receiver.

2015 years 8 months ago

I know this man. He is an honest sheriff. He is amazing at his job and protects the people in an awesome and caring manor. I do not believe this charge. If anything, it is statutory and age is the only problem. I know many young ones attracted to him. He has a heart of gold. He would not hurt a flea.

2015 years 8 months ago

So just because you know this man, you’re taking his side? So if you had a young girl, you’d be fine with this man being in a room alone with her? You say you know many young ones that are attracted to him?!?! Are you serious?!!? Does that give him the right to break the law and engage in any type of sexual behavior with an underage person? The law is the law is the law. Anybody can be good and have a heart of gold 99.9% of the time. He’s 45, (was) an officer of the law and should know better. I hope his lawyer has a better defensive argument than your weak, sick one.

2015 years 8 months ago

What?! A crooked detective in the Brunswick County Sheriffs Department?! I just don’t believe that.


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