Former Kenly police chief had history of charges prior to child sex crimes arrest

KENLY, N.C. (WNCN) – This is not the first time David Mangum, the former chief of police in Kenly who was arrested Friday and charged with sex crimes against children, has been charged with a crime.

See more photos of Mangum in court

See more photos of Mangum in court

Mangum, 44, was fired from his position in October 2006 after he was accused of using the town’s credit card for personal expenses.

Mangum was arrested on Feb. 28, 2007 after a months-long investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation that began in early October 2006. He was charged with embezzlement in the case.

The former Kenly police chief pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor embezzlement charges in September 2007. As part of a plea agreement, he was given a suspended sentence and one year of probation.

Now Mangum is facing three counts of indecent liberties with a child, two counts first-degree sex offense, and sex offense parental role, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said.

He is being held under $360,000 bond.

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