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Joseph Adam Silva
Joseph Adam Silva

A former Carolina Beach reserve officer has been arrested on a sex offense charge.

Joseph Adam Silva, 29, was arrested at his home in the 500 block of Raleigh Avenue in Carolina Beach just before 5 a.m. Thursday, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer. Silva has been charged with one count of second-degree sex offense.

The victim contacted the sheriff’s office to notify them about the incident, which allegedly occurred in Carolina Beach, Brewer said. Silva was charged with forcing an adult female victim to engage in a sex act, an offense that allegedly occurred between March 15-17, according to an arrest warrant.

According to records with the Town of Carolina Beach, Silva was hired as a reserve officer with the Carolina Beach Police Department on March 30, 2015. His employment with the town ended on Sept. 23, 2015.

Reserve officers are individuals who have their Basic Law Enforcement Training certification, or are getting the certification, according to Carolina Beach Town Manager Michael Cramer.  They are part-time employees who are only used during special events, he added.

Silva was booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond and was later released.