After 24 minutes of deliberation: Man found guilty of sexually abusing teen girl


After 24 minutes of deliberation, a man was found guilty for sexually abusing a teen girl, District Attorney Ernie Lee said.

District Attorney Lee said that on Thursday, Harvey L. Essary Jr. was found guilty of statutory rape of a minor, second-degree forcible rape, second-degree forcible sexual offense, and three counts of statutory rape of a person 13, 14, or 15 years of age.

The Superior Court Judge Charles H. Henry sentenced Essary to 25-35 years in prison in the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction.

Evidence showed that on May 11, 2017, the victim went to the Carteret Children’s Clinic for complaints of fatigue.

The victim was 17-years-old at the time.

The victim was informed that she was pregnant, which was confirmed by Carteret Obstetrics/Gynecology on May 12, 2017.  

The victim said the pregnancy was a result of vaginal intercourse with Essary, which had been occurring since she was approximately 12-years-old.

The victim was interviewed at the Onslow County Child Advocacy Center, where she indicated the defendant began sexually abusing her during her 7th grade school year.

Detective Lindsey Kensington from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office was the lead investigator on the case. 

The jury returned verdicts as to each charge after approximately 24 minutes of deliberation.

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