Wilmington men sentenced in cases involving children


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Prosecutors say two Wilmington men received lengthy prison sentences this week in unrelated cases for their
actions involving children.

The District Attorney’s office says Christopher Courchesne pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree sex offense, taking indecent liberties
with children, and three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Investigators say victim was the 12 year-old child of a family friend.

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During the investigation, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office searched Courchesne’s computer and found dozens of images of child pornography. Judge Phyllis Gorham sentenced Courchesne to 206-335 months in prison. He must register as a sex offender for life when he gets out.

John Stevenson pleaded guilty to attempted felony child abuse, the DA’s Office says. According to a news release, a joint investigation with
Wilmington Police and the New Hanover County Department of Social Services showed that in 2015, the defendant punished his 5-year-old son by placing the child’s hand on a hot stove. That led to second-degree burns. Judge Gorham sentenced Stevenson to prison for 82-111 months.