Former Carolina Beach reserve officer indicted on sex offense charges

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Joseph Adam Silva
Joseph Adam Silva

A former reserve officer for the Carolina Beach Police Department has been indicted on several sex offenses and officer impersonation charges in connection with four separate victims.

Joseph Adam Silva, 29, of Raleigh Avenue in Carolina Beach, was indicted April 11 by a New Hanover County grand jury on charges of two counts of second-degree forcible sexual offense, two counts of sexual servitude of an adult victim, four counts of impersonating a law enforcement officer, three counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of misdemeanor child abuse, and one count of embezzlement, according to court records.

Silva was first arrested at his Carolina Beach home on March 17, charged with one count of second-degree sex offense. He posted a $50,000 bond, but was arrested again on March 24, when he was faced with additional felony sex offense charges in the case.

An indictment charges Silva with holding a female adult victim in sexual servitude and impersonating a law enforcement officer on Jan. 12. According to arrest warrants for the Jan. 12 alleged offense, Silva is charged with impersonating an undercover officer conducting a prostitution sting.

He faces similar indictments involving three other female victims, for offenses that allegedly occurred between March 7 and 17. During that time,  he is charged with breaking into a neighbor’s home on Raleigh Avenue in Carolina beach. The same indictments charge him with impersonating a law enforcement officer and other sex offenses against the three victims.

Silva also faces sex offense charges in Brunswick County. On April 8, Silva was charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense, sexual servitude of an adult victim and misdemeanor impersonating a law enforcement officer, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax.

Flax announced on Monday that detectives there have become suspicious of the former officer’s alleged activity and seek additional information from women who may have encountered the suspect though online classified sites, Flax said.

“Encounters may have included assault or attempted assault and Silva misrepresenting himself as law enforcement,” Flax said. “Silva targeted females with ads on websites such as Backpage or Craigslist. Detectives would like to assure anyone who comes forward that they will not be incriminated for their actions regarding those ads.”

The charges in Brunswick County are pending in district court. He is scheduled for a court appearance there on May 2. Silva is scheduled to appear in New Hanover County Superior Court on the indicted charges on May 9.

Silva is being held at the New Hanover County Jail under a $4.5 million secured bond.

 

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