10/15/13 — Man, 46, facing two sex charges

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Man, 46, facing two sex charges

By Nelson Bland
Published in News on October 15, 2013 1:46 PM

Terry Lynn Faison

A Mount Olive man was arrested earlier this month on a charge of statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl and was taken into custody while he was already in the Wayne County Courthouse facing an unrelated charge of taking indecent liberties with a minor, Mount Olive Police Chief Brian Rhodes said.

The bond was listed as $200,000 secured.

The suspect, Terry Lynn Faison, 46, of 300 E. Nelson St., is charged with having sex with a person less than 16 years of age.

Statutory rape is a felony in which the victim is a minor and the suspect is at least eight years older than the victim, Rhodes said. He said the penalty ranges from 16 to 40 years in prison, depending on a suspect's past criminal record.

Faison's arrest came after the victim gave birth to a baby about three weeks ago and a DNA test showed a 99.9 percent reading that Faison is the father, Rhodes said.

"The rape was reported in March, but we did not have any evidence to make a charge until we got the DNA test back on the paternity of the child," Rhodes said.

He noted that Faison was in court on the taking indecent liberties charge when police took him into custody on the statutory rape charge.

"It's the same suspect but different victims and the cases are not related," Rhodes said.

According to the investigation report on the statutory rape incident, the crime occurred at the victim's residence.

The victim was "acquainted" with the suspect, according to police.

Det. John Duncan, who investigated the reported rape, said that when he received the paternity test showing that Faison is "the biological father" of the victim's baby, he went to the magistrate's office in Goldsboro to secure an arrest warrant.

"While I was at the magistrate's office I was informed that Mr. Faison was in Courtroom No. 3 making his first appearance on another crime and I located Mr. Faison there," Duncan said.

Duncan said he "walked up to Mr. Faison and informed him he needed to speak with him outside." Duncan said he followed Faison to take an alcohol breath test "to determine how impaired he was."

Duncan said he informed Faison he was under arrest on the statutory rape charge and Faison "became angry and said, 'She told me she was 18.'"

In the taking indecent liberties incident, Faison allegedly touched and made "rude suggestive comments" to a 13-year-old girl who was walking on South Center Street, police said.