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FIRST ON 3: Former New Hanover deputy sentenced to decades in prison for sex crimes

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A former New Hanover County Sheriff's deputy will spend at least the next 27 years in prison for sex crimes involving a child.

A jury this week convicted Harold Lamont Fletcher, 39, of attempted first degree sexual offense, first degree sexual exploitation of a minor, six counts indecent liberties with a child and 18 counts of felony secret peeping. Today a judge sentenced Fletcher to between 27 years two months and 34 years seven months in prison. Fletcher must also register as a sex offender for 30 years.

After a SBI investigation, Fletcher was initially charged on secret peeping charged in December 2012. The District Attorney says more charges were added a month later based as new evidence was discovered.

Fletcher, who had been with the Sheriff's Office since Jan. 30, 2007, was fired from his job Dec. 10, 2012. He was arrested that same day, which was one week after the Sheriff's Office received a criminal complaint about Fletcher, which it immediately turned over to the SBI to investigate.

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As a former cop, this makes

As a former cop, this makes me proud. This was immediately reported. And he quickly went from being a brother-officer, to a arch-enemy, of all of us, in the profession.

Southeastern NC Law Enforcement despises this type of behavior. Especially from it's own. The 4 or 5 similar cases, over the last 30 years, have all been handled like this. Full exposure, and total prosecution.

Another great job by Sheriff McMahon. Immediately removing corruption, when it rears it's ugly head.

As a Catholic. I wish I could say the same thing for my Church. It makes me sick how they continue to lie, play dumb, and stand behind, these types of monsters.

Law enforcement officer or

Law enforcement officer or not, this is how it should be. Enough said.

Criminals

Hope you feel that same way with ALL criminals, and not just this one.

He will

He will have plenty of time to contemplate what he has done. I feel for those that he abused.

He will either find one of two things in prison - he will become abused like he did the kids, or someone will kill him. The prisoners have their own code of justice. They might be murderers and rapists but they have no use for child molestors

Being a former police

Being a former police officer, he will be isolated from the general population.