69-year-old charged with years of sex crimes; police asking other victims to come forward

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Police say Haywood Elwood Garner sexually assaulted numerous victims since 1979, and they are asking other victims to come forward.
Police say Haywood Elwood Garner sexually assaulted numerous victims since 1979, and they are asking other victims to come forward. (Photo courtesy of Pender County Sheriff’s Office)

HAMPSTEAD — A 69-year-old Pender County Man has been charged with multiple sex crimes dating back almost four decades; now police are asking any other victims to come forward.

Police have charged Haywood Elwood Garner of Hampstead with first degree statutory sexual offense, indecent liberties with a child, crimes against nature, assault on a child under 12 and sexual battery, according to Sgt. John Leatherwood, of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

Garner was arrested on Oct. 21 of this year and is being held in the Pender County Jail on $525,000 bond.

Since his arrest, seven additional victims have reported being sexually assault by Garner as far back as 1979, according to an email from Leatherwood.

“Investigators believe there may be additional victims,” Leatherwood wrote.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. John Leatherwood at 910-259-0191.