Former officer charged with sex crimes against student

Child Sex Abuse
Lee Carrell Perry

Former Jackson County school resource officer charged with sex crimes against student

Jackson County, AL – March 25 2015,  A former student of a Jackson County School is pursuing sex crime charges against a former Jackson County sheriff’s deputy who was stationed at her school more than a decade ago.

Lee Carrell Perry (Jackson County Jail)

The charges are against Lee Carrell Perry, who was a school resource officer at Skyline School in 2003 and 2004. The student says she and Perry were involved sexually during that time. She said it started when she was 13 years old.

Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips said an investigation was opened back then, but the victim and her family did not pursue charges. He said Perry resigned then in the midst of the investigation.

Now an adult, the former student has come forward with charges. A Jackson County grand jury heard the evidence and indicted Perry on nine counts of sexual offenses on March 12. The charges include statutory rape, second-degree sodomy, enticing a child for immoral purposes and sexual contact without consent.

Perry was arrested on Sunday. He bonded out of the Jackson County Jail on $65,000 on Monday.

Phillips said Perry didn’t work the sheriff’s office long, He started in 2003 and resigned the following year after the investigation started.

A school representative could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.

Boy Chained To Porch, Dead Chicken Around His Neck

Child Abuse
Dorian Harper

Man Gets 6 To 10 Years For Chaining Boy To Porch, Putting Dead Chicken Around His Neck
Posted: 03/18/2015

MONROE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been sentenced to six to 10 years in prison after admitting he handcuffed an 11-year-old boy by his ankle to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck as punishment.

Dorian Harper was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to child abuse, assault with a deadly weapon and maiming without malice.

Harper told the judge in Monroe southeast of Charlotte that he is sorry for his actions.

Prosecutors said they agreed to accept a guilty plea to spare the children in the home from having to testify at a trial.

Prosecutors said the children had endured enough, living in a filthy house with animals, being hungry and beaten.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

A North Carolina man pleaded guilty Wednesday to handcuffing an 11-year-old boy by his ankle to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck as punishment.

Dorian Harper entered the plea to three felonies, including child abuse, assault with a deadly weapon and maiming without malice. His plea came a day after a jury was seated in the case.

“Yes, sir,” Harper, 58, said when the trial judge asked if he was guilty.

Opening statements had been set for Wednesday. It wasn’t clear when Harper would be sentenced.

Harper rejected prosecutors’ plea deal Monday, saying he wanted the trial to go on. He and his girlfriend, 58-year-old Wanda Larson, were arrested after a sheriff’s deputy found the boy in November 2013.

“This is a very serious case, with very serious implications for Mr. Harper,” Judge Brad Long told the jury Tuesday.

Larson was the boy’s guardian and a Department of Social Services supervisor in Union County. Larson faces similar charges. She has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities said they think Harper tied the dead chicken around the boy’s neck as punishment for killing one of the chickens on the 5-acre farm where they lived.

The indictment against the couple said the boy had been subject to abuse that also included being chained to a piece of railroad track in his room. Harper cut the boy’s face with a knife and used an electric wire to burn his face, according to the indictment. It also said the boy once broke his wrist trying to escape.

Four other children – ages 7 to 14, all adopted by Larson – were removed from the home after Harper and Larson were arrested.