Former Kenly police chief remains in jail on child sex charges

KENLY, N.C. (WNCN/AP) – Former Kenly Police Chief David Mangum remains in jail after a Monday court appearance on child sex crime charges.

See more photos of Mangum in court

See more photos of Mangum in court


Mangum is facing charges of indecent liberties with a child and first-degree sex offense in a parental role after being arrested Friday. He is being held under at $360,000 bond.

Mangum is accused of sex offenses that took place between March 2012 and June 2014. He was fired as Kenly chief in 2006.

Mangum remains in jail after the judge did not grant a requested bond reduction.

Mangum’s next court date is his probable cause hearing is Nov. 12. If convicted on felony charges, Mangum could face life in prison without parole.

While Mangum’s offenses did not occur while he was in office, an investigation by The Associated Press showed sexual misconduct by police officers is a problem across the United States.

RELATED: Former Kenly police chief arrested on child sex crimes charges

The AP uncovered about 1,000 cases over a six-year period in which officers were stripped of their badges because of rape or other sexual misconduct.

Victims’ families say these cases leave them feeling vulnerable.

“She doesn’t know what to do. She’s afraid. She thinks she needs protecting from the police, when they’re the ones who are supposed to be protecting her,” said Heatherlyn Bevard, mother of a victim.

There are probably more cases since some states, including California and New York, don’t decertify officers for misconduct and three states also didn’t hand over their records.

North Carolina was one of the three states that did not hand over records.

The AP talked with a victim who was a former police intern and was sexually assaulted when she was 17 by a former sex crimes detective. He is now serving nine years in federal prison.

“I questioned life. I questioned religion. I questioned the law. I questioned everything. I could not understand what happened. It happened so fast,” said Diana Guerrero.

Police Chief Tom McDonald, of West Sacramento, California, told The Associated Press he hopes body cameras will help with supervision, and he expects his officers to police one another.

RELATED: AP: Officer sex cases plagued by lax supervision, policies

“It’s an expectation that if they see something that’s inappropriate, they need to stand up,” McDonald told The Associated Press.

McDonald said Sacramento recently agree to pay $4.6 million to six victims who filed civil lawsuits. Other departments across the country are facing similar lawsuits.

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