Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Charles Lee Crews II pleads guilty to sexual assault

NEW HANOVER COUNTY—According to the New Hanover Superior Court, 38-year-old Charles Lee Crews II pled guilty to the sexual assault of a 66‐year‐old woman. Crews was charged with two counts of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual offense, and first-degree burglary.

The assaults took place November 2018 in the victim’s residence at University Place Apartments on MacMillan Ave. The assailant broke in by cutting the screen, opening a window and climbing through before threatening the woman with a knife.

North Carolina Crime Lab conclusively identified Crews as the offender through DNA analysis. He also was charged with breaking and entering into many vehicles and larceny of property within them, for which he pled guilty to as well.

Judge Phyllis M. Gorham sentenced Crews to a minimum of 28 years, 8 months and a maximum of 39 years, 5 months in prison. Crews then must register as a sex offender for life once released.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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