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Marble man arrested for child sex offense

The following press release has been issued by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.  All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Gary Lee Mitchell

Gary Lee Mitchell

Murphy, NC— On May 7th, 2014 the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gary Lee Mitchell of Marble, North Carolina for First Degree Sex Offense With a Child under 13 years of age.

Allegations were made to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office that Mitchell had engaged in a sexual act with a child under 13 years of age. With the assistance of the HAVEN Child Advocacy Center, investigators were able to gather enough information to present the case to the North Carolina Magistrate who issued an arrest a warrant for Mitchell’s arrest.

Mitchell was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on May 7th, 2014 and placed on a $100,000.00 secure bond. Mitchell has a May 20th, 2014 District Court date.

Sheriff Keith Lovin stated “It is through team work such as involving HAVEN Child Advocacy Center as well as keeping our Assistant District Attorney informed early in our investigations that we are able to bring these horrible cases to resolve. My Office and my staff will continue to protect our youth!”

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