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Franklin authorities charge 2 with indecent liberties

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LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office this week announced charges against two men who purportedly sexually assaulted minors in unrelated cases.

Terry Jermaine Johnson, 41, was charged with felony statutory sexual offense with a child under the age of 15 and felony indecent liberties with a child on April 18.

He had been wanted on the charges since Nov. 16 of last year, according to a sheriff’s office press release, but he had not been located until a traffic stop at the time of his arrest. He was taken into custody without incident.

Terry Wright, chief of staff at the sheriff’s office, said deputies began investigating Johnson last September after information was reported to the sheriff’s office. He said the allegations involved a girl under the age of 16 at the time who knew Johnson.

Wright would not disclose the location or date of the alleged offense or how Johnson knew the victim. Johnson was not a child care giver or in a similar role that granted him access to the girl.

Johnson, who lives on Wilders Lane in Louisburg, was held under a $350,000 secured bond in the Franklin County Detention Facility.

Second suspect charged

In an unrelated case, deputies arrested Dewey McQuiston McPherson V on April 19.

McPherson is being charged with one count of felony indecent liberties with a child.

A press release said the allegations involved violations in Franklin and Wake counties, and the Raleigh Police Department aided the investigation.

McPherson, 24, was arrested without incident and held under a $25,000 secured bond at the Wake County jail.

Wright would not disclose any further details about the case, including when or where the incident is said to have happened or the age and gender of the victim.

“I’m not comfortable releasing any additional details at the moment due to this being an ongoing investigation with the possibility of additional charges in at least one other jurisdiction,” Wright said.