Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the June 11, 2020 arrest of 19-year-old Nickolas Ghannon Carter of Murphy, North Carolina in regards to a sexual assault.
In mid-November 2019 the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a 13-year-old female had been sexually assault by an 18-year-old male. The report further alleged that the 18-year-old male had used methamphetamine to facilitate the sexual assault.
Detectives with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into the allegations which included the assistance of HAVEN Child Advocacy Center in Murphy, NC. At the conclusion of the investigation, the case was presented to the grand jury which issued the bills of indictment.
Nickolas Ghannon Carter was arrested on 6/11/2020 and taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center where he was served with indictments for Second Degree Forcible Rape and Statutory Sexual Offense with a Person Less than 15 years of age. The North Carolina Magistrate set a $600,000.00 secure bond. Carter is presently in custody of the Cherokee County Detention awaiting an August 3, 2020 Superior Court date.
Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated, “I want to commend the deputies and detectives on this arrest. They were diligent and pursued the investigation to conclusion. As you see, it takes teamwork to facilitate these investigations and we thank HAVEN CAC for their invaluable assistance. Because of the age of the victim and the nature of the assault, we do not anticipate any future press releases concerning this matter.”
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