Sunday, March 26, 2023

Hampstead man pleads guilty to multiple sex crimes against a minor

Brandon Stewart Hall
Brandon Stewart Hall (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY PENDER COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT)

BURGAW — Brandon Stewart Hall, 40, was sentenced to spend 30 to 62 years in state prison Wednesday afternoon; this after pleading guilty to several sex crimes in Pender County Superior Court earlier this week.

The Hampstead man was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and five counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to a press release from the Pender County Superior Court, Hall molested the female victim over the course of an 8-year period starting when she was 8 years old and ending when she reported the abuse at the age of 16 years old.

A search warrant of Hall’s home computer and other electronic storage devices later revealed a stockpile of child pornography videos.

While the case was under investigation, Hall fled North Carolina to Arkansas, where he was eventually apprehended. After his arrest, arresting officers found copies of the same videos that had been found on his home devices.

Upon his eventual release from the Department of Adult Corrections, he will be placed on post-release supervision for 60 months, and must register as a sex offender for 30 years.

According to the release, Detective Stephen Clinard of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office was instrumental in obtaining the guilty plea from the defendant. Assistant District Attorney Jason Smith handled the case for the state.

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