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Roy Lee Stubbs
Roy Lee Stubbs

A Pender County man was sentenced to 50 years in prison after he was convicted of several child sex offense charges.

Roy Lee Stubbs, 48, of Burgaw, was found guilty Wednesday by a Pender County jury  on charges of three counts of sex offense with a child, one count of 2nd degree sexual exploitation of a minor, and two counts of felony secret peeping, according to a notice from District Attorney Ben David.

The trial involved testimony from two of Stubbs’ victims, both of whom were abused for years.

The jury found that Stubbs sexually molested the female victim between 2010-2013, while she was between the age of 9 and 12 years old. The other victim, now an adult, was able to provide testimony regarding her abuse by Stubbs over a decade ago.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Smith credits the conviction to the actions of two brave victims for confronting their abuser and the hard work of Detective John Leatherwood with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

“This type of case involves the safety of our youth and is a top priority for both investigators and the Office of the District Attorney. We will continue to work together to bring these crimes to light, prosecute predators, and prevent future victimization,” Smith said.

Stubbs was sentenced by Judge Jay Hockenbury to 50-65 years in the N.C. Department of Corrections. He will also be subject to satellite-based monitoring and have to register as a sex offender upon release from prison.