A Goldsboro man entered an Alford plea in Wayne County Superior Court to two counts of indecent liberties with a minor.
Superior Court Judge Henry Stevens sentenced 60-year-old Terry Douglas Brake to 12 months minimum to 24 months maximum in prison Monday.
The court also ordered Brake to register as a sex offender for 30 years and to have no unsupervised contact with children younger than age 13.
In addition to accepting the Alford plea, the court dismissed additional charges filed against Brake, including two counts of statutory sex offense with a child and one count of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
An Alford plea treats defendants as guilty whether or not the defendant admits guilt.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Brake in July 2018 during an investigation into allegations of sexual assault of two girls younger than 13 who were in his care at the time. Deputies charged Brake with first-degree statutory sexual offense, attempted first-degree sexual offense, sexual offense by a substitute parent and two counts of indecent liberties with a child.
Deputies opened an investigation into the alleged abuse after the two children confided in a friend, according to a search warrant application. The children stayed with Brake and his family while their parents were out of town.
During the investigation, the children referred to a “secret phone” Brake used to take pictures of them and said Brake allegedly touched them inappropriately. Evidence presented in the case revealed two photos of the children while they were taking a bath, according to court documents.
A Wayne County grand jury indicted Brake in April on three counts of taking indecent liberties with children for offenses that occurred on or around June 2016 through May 2018.
According to the indictment, Brake attempted to take “immoral, improper and indecent liberties” with a child who was younger than 13 for “the purpose of arousing and gratifying sexual desire,” and committed and attempted to commit a “lewd and lascivious act” upon the child.
The grand jury also concluded that Brake engaged “in a sexual act” with a child who was younger than 13 at the time, according to the indictment.
Brake entered the Alford plea in exchange for a dismissal of five charges filed in Wayne County Superior Court and charges filed in Wayne County District Court.