Thursday, September 25, 2008

Michael Assad Lahoud - Repeat Sex Offender - Pedophile

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office charged a registered sex offender living in North Raleigh with multiple counts of taking indecent liberties with children, court records show.

Michael Assad Lahoud, 51, of 1905 Grove Point Court was charged this morning with nine felony counts of indecent liberties with children, according to arrest warrants filed this morning at the Wake County Magistrate’s Office.

Wake sheriff’s deputies took Lahoud this morning to the Wake County Jail where he is being held under a $500,000 bail, court records show. Investigators think the offenses involved at least four juveniles - one girl and three boys - and took place between 2001 and 2006, according to search warrants returned in the case.

Sheriff’s deputies have not yet disclosed what prompted their investigation of Lahoud, who was sentenced to probation for three previous convictions - in 1994, 1998 and 2001 - of the same offense, according to the state Department of Correction. According to the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry, Lahoud was placed on its list on Feb. 2, 2005 following four prior convictions, including three in 2004.

Sheriff’s deputies obtained a warrant on Sept. 11 to search Lahoud’s home after talking with four teens. One of them, now 15, told investigators that he was fondled at least five times. According to the search warrant, the alleged victim told police that the first time it happened, he was about seven years old. The last incident occurred when he was 13, according to a court affidavit.

A second boy, now 14, told deputies he was fondled while visiting the suspect’s home and that he was made to fondle the suspect, court records show.

A third child told investigators he was fondled on multiple occasions when he was between eight and 11 years old, the search warrant said.

The alleged female victim, now 18, also told deputies that she was fondled on different occasions until she reached the age of 12. On one occasion, the teen told deputies, she was taken to a camper behind his home, made to take her clothes off and touch the suspect, the search warrant said.

Investigators seized 30 items from Lahoud’s home while searching for evidence linking him to the teens’ allegations. Among the items deputies recovered were photos, micro-cassette tapes, firearms ammunition, VHS movies, a box of Clairborne cologne, a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a glass pipe with residue and a prescription pill bottle, court records show.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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