TROUBLESHOOTERS UPDATE: Bladen Co. investigators respond

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- We have an update on a Troubleshooters report about a 16-year-old who was molested by his uncle in Bladen County. Even though the uncle, Jerry Squires, admitted to engaging in a sex act with the teen, he was not required to serve any jail time, nor is he having to register as a sex offender.
What's more, the victim got arrested at his school by Bladen County Sherrif's Deputies for engaging in the sex act.

Thursday, we finally got a response from the Sheriff's Office. Chief Deputy Phillip Little told us the victim gave his investigators conflicting statements, and that factored into the way they handled the case.

Investigators also say the victim was a willing participant in the sexual encounter with his uncle, but that's not what the victim told us. Regardless, according to the law, consent is no defense to a sexual encounter with a minor when you are serving in a parental role.

We still have a lot of questions for the Sheriff's Department. We'll share the answers with you when we get them.

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14‑27.4A. Sexual offense with a child; adult offender.

(a) A person is guilty of sexual offense with a child if the person is at least 18 years of age and engages in a sexual act with a victim who is a child under the age of 13 years.

(b) A person convicted of violating this section is guilty of a Class B1 felony and shall be sentenced pursuant to Article 81B of Chapter 15A of the General Statutes, except that in no case shall the person receive an active punishment of less than 300 months, and except as provided in subsection (c) of this section. Following the termination of active punishment, the person shall be enrolled in satellite‑based monitoring for life pursuant to Part 5 of Article 27A of Chapter 14 of the General Statutes.

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 81B of Chapter 15A of the General Statutes, the court may sentence the defendant to active punishment for a term of months greater than that authorized pursuant to G.S. 15A‑1340.17, up to and including life imprisonment without parole, if the court finds that the nature of the offense and the harm inflicted are of such brutality, duration, severity, degree, or scope beyond that normally committed in such crimes, or considered in basic aggravation of these crimes, so as to require a sentence to active punishment in excess of that authorized pursuant to G.S. 15A‑1340.17. If the court sentences the defendant pursuant to this subsection, it shall make findings of fact supporting its decision, to include matters it considered as egregious aggravation. Egregious aggravation can include further consideration of existing aggravating factors where the conduct of the defendant falls outside the heartland of cases even the aggravating factors were designed to cover. Egregious aggravation may also be considered based on the extraordinarily young age of the victim, or the depraved torture or mutilation of the victim, or extraordinary physical pain inflicted on the victim.

(d) The offense under G.S. 14‑27.4(a)(1) is a lesser included offense of the offense in this section. (2008‑117, s. 2.)

Thanks Ann. I look forward to the update. I am interested in knowing who questioned this child. Has the person received training and or certification in questioning victims of molestation? How many other victims of molestation has this person questioned?

My prayers go out to this brave young man for coming forward and to his family for encouraging him to do so.

The way this was handled is sickening to me!

So the District attorneys office pleads down the case but prior to that, sufficient evidence exists to charge both parties and it is law enforcements job to go along with the elements of the crime. Now! the boy is 16 years old and if he committed a crime against your family you would be screaming to try him as an adult. He is old enough to drive so that means he should be old enough to make decisions. The DA's office is in charge of prosecuting or not so why are we crucifying an investigator who was obviously given the green light to proceed based on the elements. You folks were not there and have no idea what the specifics of the case.

okay for number one dude you must really like this so called jerry squires to be supporting him. just think back at when you where 16, what if you had a 56 year old man not mention that is was an uncle, come up and choke you and force you into doing him sexual favors as a payment. how would you feel if everyone said you are the one responsible. you don't know the specifics of this case, but let me tell you that i do, and if this young man were a girl or even a woman that was choked by a man this would have been done differently. Jerry squires would probably not be allowed to walk around on the streets. I saw this sick man in a store today and wondered to myself how many people would be allowing their kids to walk around freely if they knew he was there. he is a danger to our community and town and needs to get out, or at least stay on his own property and never be allowed any child or teenager ever again.

Look in my neighborhood kids drive at 8 and up so does that mean they can have sex?. r u stupid. for you to say this you are probably as sick as Jerry Squires are you work for bladen county. what 16 year old boy would want to have sex with a male who is 56 and is their uncle. and what uncle would have sex with his 16 year old male family member when he had a wife at home in the same house? come on people cant you see. this is a sickness and it will happen again..

FIREGUY, EVERYTHING U PUT ON HERE IS BS.you must really support 'CHILD MOLESTERS' OR MAYBE YOU ARE 1.EITHER WAY IM SURE YOU ARE JUST AS SICK AS JERRY SQUIRES.SO YOU ARE SAYING THAT WHILE JERRY SQUIRES HAD HIS HANDS AROUND THIS BOYS NECK AND THREATING HIM HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MAKING A DECISIONS.WELL HE MADE THE DECISION TO GO 2 POLICE.LOT OF GOOD THAT DID.MAYBE WE SHOULD LOCK YOU UP IN A ROOM WITH JERRY SQUIRES AND LET HIM DO THE SAME THING TO YOU HE DID TO HIS NEPHEW.OR DO YOU HAVE A SON OR DAUGHTER.WOULD YOU BE SAYING ANYTHING DIFFERENT IF THAT WAS YOUR CHILD HE DID THIS TO.I AM A GROWN WOMAN AND IF A MAN IS CHOCKING ME AND THREATING ME STRONGER THAN ME I HAVE NO CHOICE.MY DECISION WOULD BE TO GET HIM THE HELL OFF ME.BUT WHEN YOU ARE FORCED THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO.ANYONE THAT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS CASE AND LET THIS MAN WALK FREE IS AT FAULT.

for number one you don't know what you are talking about I am matthew i did not make no decisions Okay I was forced and the reason why they are crucifying them is because they crooked and the fact that he got off because he has a nephew that is a detective in the bladen county sheriffs dept. I don't care what you heard this is the facts okay so before you say anything get your facts strait and for someone to support him is very wrong do you really think I wanted sexual relations with that 56 year old man you are sick in the head!!!!!

"do you really think I wanted sexual relations with that 56 year old man you are sick in the head!!!!!"

Anyone who recognizes reality can see that that statement right there is the best indicator of what happened: The kid was forced into this.

Why is it that men in their fifties think they're still attractive to young women (or young men.)

Let's face it pops, the abs aren't as tight as they once were, the pecs are becoming man-aries and asking someone to wait until the Viagra kicks in just isn't much of a turn-on.

There's nothing more pitiful than a guy in his fifties who thinks he's still able to impress youth. So if a young person responds to your advances it's either because you are paying them money, getting them too drunk/high to resist, forcing them, or, in very rare cases, it's a charity case for them.

My money says that this kid was forced into it by a lonely old over-sexed has-been who still needs to fool himself into thinking he's desireable.

People need to realize that staying in a committed relationship through decades is a great advantage, because true loves that has weathered every storm allows you to remain sexually attractive to the one who loves you...

...but old guys hitting on young girls and guys? (Like that well-known insurance agent in town, who spends hundreds on Grecian Formula and drinks for young girls every month) The state should pass a new law that charges them with simply being disgusting.

"You ain't all that, grandpa!"

As I do not know the details in this case, I will refrain from commenting on that portion of the matter. However, I am flabbergasted and disappointed to see that instead of reporting news, this news agency has decided instead to post personal opinions. I would most certainly expect a professional organization to rise above pointing fingers and insinuating improper charging regarding an investigation, but instead obtain facts and report only on those. Such actions make this organization come across like a diary.

Really? YOU are disappointed????? Imagine how disappointed Matthew is...have you considered that? No one is claiming innocence here, so that tells me that there were sexual acts committed...with a 15 yr old child!!! Imagine how disappointed he was when his uncle, the LEAD Deacon at his church, a man that his mother entrusted him with...put his hands around this child's neck and choked him, while threatening him with even worse vile acts and eventual death, if he dared tell anyone what heinous, horrible things were done to him, by coersion.....DISAPPOINTED? Poor shocked you! Maybe we should send the Bladen County Sheriffs Deputies over to hold your offended little hand!

you must support him... well you better OPEN your eyes.. do you have kids??? If so, what would you do if it was one of your kids?? Ya, think about that.. reguradless if the kid said yes or no... Jerry KNEW better.. He acts like he is such a good Cristian.. WHATEVER.. I will have to say... I don't want my 9 yr old any where near him... Oh, and incase you forgot.. IT'S CALLED FREEDOM OF SPEACH... I think WWAY ROCKS!!! Thank you for letting everone know about this "Jerry Squires".. I live in Kelly and I can't stand the fact that we have someone like this in our community. I hope you get what is coming to you JERRY SQUIRES...

if you support jerry squires you should refrain from commenting at all.you must not have a child because if you did i would hope you wouldnt stand behind this sick man.i dont think the news is pointing fingers.if you watched the news you seen they had proof jerry is guilty.everyone knows if you did this once you will do it again.so if you do have a chid do you want him around jerry when he decides he is ready to do it again.HECK,he didnt get in trouble this time so he thinks he can do it over and over again.Thank you NEWS 3 FOR DOING A GREAT JOB ON THIS.

You must be one of the Jerry supporters. i have kids and find this very important as a parent i feel this is News that all parents need to hear. do you have kids? did you hear them say that he had the 16 year old boy arrested? what do you think he was arrested for? maybe crimes against Nature. come on we live in the real world right. he is a adult this is a child if he isn't going to have to register as a sex offender than i feel like channel 3 did a great job in helping good parents protect their kids. and if you were half of a good parent you would appreciate it to. Thanks channel 3 for giving this kid a voice and helping me as a parent protect my kids....

Any man are woman in their 50 who has sex with a 16 year old is a sex offender.Had a girl stripped down naked and beg him to he still should had knew better.he was the head Deacon at the church he knew better there fore he should be in jail.if you listened yesterday the boy said he told the lady but didnt press charges and then he was arrested at school.how do you wonder Mr sex offender knew he went there if he didnt press charges. could it had been his family member who tipped him off.How about that Mr Little check on that for us.if she only needed 12 after all the responds this has gotten i see no cheerleaders for him so please Lady tell me what was your problem..

this is such bs. At 16 who knows what we think we want thats why we need and adult to help us. in this case he picked a sex offender. wonder does Mr Little have a child 16 would he let him play with Mr Squires..

regardless if he was willing this is a child and this is a grown Man.If the boy had been a girl he would have been a sex offender and in jail. And why would and adult have sex with a 16 year boy its probably not the only child he's did this too.....