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By Shelby Sebens

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) — The city of Wilmington’s urban arborist was arrested Thursday on a fugitive warrant stemming from charges of child sexual abuse, according to the US Department of Justice.

Brion Capo, 57, was arrested on the out-of-state warrant for charges of one count of sodomy and one count of sex abuse of a child under 12, according to Russ Fields of the US Marshals Service.

The charges involve one victim out of the Mobile, AL, area, Fields said via email. The arrest warrant was issued June 22 after a Mobile County, AL, grand jury came down with an indictment, Bryan Konig, deputy US Marshal, said. It is unclear when the alleged incident occurred.

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  • Guest123

    I can understand if the City performed a background check and it did not come up because he was not charged yet. On the other hand I believe the City should do yearly background checks and drug tests. I was recently at a Downtown Sundown concert and witnessed a city employee sitting in his truck on the phone for over an hour. I also witnessed another employee walking through the crowd constantly working. I made a comment to the employee that was working about his coworker sitting in his truck on the phone and he replied that is the new downtown crew leader. In my opinion that is just another example of poor management on the City’s behalf. Step up your service City of Wilmington.

  • Guester

    You do realize background and drug tests are not free and the city has over 1,000 employees, right? Even if that’s $100 per employee for both tests, that adds up to $100,000 per year. Background tests won’t show anything unless the employee was CONVICTED of a crime.

    And who was the employee talking with on his phone that you saw downtown? You were watching a person for over an hour while you were supposed to be enjoying a concert? Was their phone conversation work related? Was it a family emergency? Was this person on a dinner break? All you anti-government conspiracy people crack me up.

  • Guest CommonTater

    Gotta throw out THUG! ;)

    There now……

  • guesty

    Looks like you spouted off a little too early. Don’t worry, we all accept your apology.

  • Guest08

    Triple7 We see what you see and understand what you are saying.Will those that are apart of what you saying admit it, of course not.

  • Wilmington Observer

    Non-whites (don’t know what they want to be called this month) kill a delivery driver and there were no “lynch mobs”. I hope that is because the law abiding citizens (regardless of race) do not resort to that type of behavior. However, I would have liked to have seen a more organized and vocal outcrying from our community IN the community in which that, terrible, crime took place.

    I do agree, with you, however that our community is becoming too complacent when these crimes take place. Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.

    Wilmington Observer

  • Guest 777

    Any time a minority person commits a crime(assuming they are guilty) out comes a lynch mob raning “hang em” “kill em”….but here we have a low life that sodomized a child and I hear “crickets” chirping on this blog. Where’s the lynch mob at???? Hello, are you there???


  • PublicAvenger

    Can’t blame the COW. They immediately expose this evil, just like the Brunswick Sheriff did, a year ago.

    As far as I know, it was full disclosure. Unlike a certain church, where it’s priests and nuns are ordered to ‘play dumb’, and ‘know nothing’.

  • Wilmington Observer

    Background checks do not keep people from comitting crimes.

    Wilmington Observer

  • Wilmington217

    This is the “second” employee they had at the City….one of their Engineers was arrested in 2009 and charged with Indecent liberty’s with a minor. Back ground checks seem like a good idea!!!!

  • portcity rider

    WOW!!!!!!Not proven gullty!!!!!!!!!!WOW it could be the childs fault.

  • Guest0212

    Innocent until proven guilty? Are you kidding me, did you not read the article? He said, “no I didn’t perform sexual acts with that child when they were 7, I started sexually assaulting that child when they were 12.” Oh well in that case you are free to go that makes it so much better! That is a child whose life will be ruined and all he gets is a year in prison. Hope he gets what is coming to him in prison. Why is everyone stuck on background checks? We need to be finding out who these judges are that are letting these child rapist practically go unpunished and pay them a visit.

  • guesty

    Bald bad Santa?

  • PublicAvenger

    Those enviromentalist, tree huggers, are such phoney hypricrites. He even looks like a troll.

  • Grand Ole Party

    Hang him high!

  • taxpayer

    the indictment didn’t come down until June 22nd of this year.

  • SurfCityTom

    on the news; and now the alledged predator or pedophile or whatever the term is has been found in Wilmington working for the City.

    So the question one must ask of the city government is “Don’t you do crimminal background checks on prospective employees?”

  • Guest?

    The warrant was just issued. Plus, a background check only hits on convictions, so unless he was convicted in the past, the check would have been clean.

  • GuestUSMC

    The man has been arrested. He has not been proven guilty of anything, yet. Sounds like you are a one person judge, jury and executioner. The kid might have gotten po’d at him and told a lie. That has happened many times.

  • Guestduh

    Well if this is his first offense, and he has been working for the city for a number of years..I’m guessing a criminal background check probably wouldn’t have revealed anything..unless somehow it can see into the future…

  • Guest?

    People – background checks will do no good unless the person has been convicted of something in the past! Here’s an idea: maybe they can force everyone to get a background check at the same time they force us to buy insurance. It won’t do a bit of good if the person has not ever been convicted of anything. They could have been accused, even arrested, but if they haven’t been convicted, a background check won’t catch anything.


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