Sheriff’s deputies arrested and charged a Goldsboro man in a burglary and juvenile sexual assault case Friday morning.
Wayne County sheriff’s deputies arrested and charged Cederick Lamont Smith, 38, of Tommy’s Road, with one felony count of first-degree burglary and one felony count of indecent liberties with a child. He was booked in the Wayne County jail under a $55,000 secured bond.
Smith was arrested in connection to a burglary and sexual assault in the 1500 block of Tommy’s Road on March 21 around 1 a.m., said Capt. Shawn Harris, with the sheriff’s office. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call regarding an unknown male subject entering a house while the residents were sleeping.
A mother and her children were the only occupants in the house when the burglary occurred, according to sheriff’s deputies. The suspect allegedly entered one of the children’s bedrooms and sexually assaulted a child younger than 13 before the mother found the subject in the home.
The mother pushed the subject out of the house before he left on foot, said deputies.
Smith, who lives in the 1500 block of Tommy’s Road, was later identified as a suspect during the investigation, deputies said. Deputies issued a warrant for Smith’s arrest.
Smith turned himself in at the Magistrate’s Office on Friday. Deputies arrested Smith and placed him in the Wayne County jail. Smith appeared in District Court on Monday.
Deputies charged Smith with burglary because he entered the home at night and a felony occurred while Smith was in the house, Harris said.
“On burglary or breaking and entering, there has to just be a felony occurs there in, whether it’s a larceny or whether it’s another type of crime,” Harris said.
Harris said Smith’s motives are unknown, and the family did not know Smith prior to the burglary and sexual assault.
“We don’t really have a reason why he did what he did,” Harris said. “At the time, we didn’t make time with (Smith) that evening, so I can’t say his condition or state of mind when it occurred.”