NC Seeing Slightly Higher Child Abuse Numbers

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The Carousel Center in Wilmington works to help hundreds of child abuse victims per year.

Wilmington agency reports slightly higher numbers of Child Abuse in 2016

WILMINGTON, NC  –  The Carousel Center in Wilmington works to help hundreds of child abuse victims per year.  In 2016, Julie Ozier, interviewing and clinical services supervisor, said they saw 250 victims.

Ozier said that’s a slight increase from years past, but that it could be due to a higher number of reports.  She said that the center has increased communication among an inter-disciplinary team including social services advocates and local law enforcement.

“Due to the fact that our multi-disciplinary team is functioning very well together and so we’re making sure that kids are identified and seen for a medical evaluation and interview,” Ozier said.

Ozier said that if you’re concerned about a child or family, you should report it immediately.  She added that it doesn’t mean that the family gets in trouble, it could just mean help for those who need it.

“It gets someone out that can talk with the family and can do an assessment,” she said.  “And see if they need some help, are they under a lot of stress right now, are there some additional services that they need, is this a child that needs some help in being protected?”

If you suspect abuse is taking place, you’re asked to contact New Hanover County Department of Social Services, or law enforcement.

Baltimore Soccer Coach Arrested For Child Sexual Abuse

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Eris Murray, 55

MD Youth League Soccer Coach Charged
With Child Sex Abuse

BALTIMORE, MD  –  A man has been arrested and charged with sex offenses after he abused a youth soccer player while he was a coach with the Maryland City Mustangs, according to Anne Arundel County Police.

Eris Murray, 55, of Hanover, turned himself in to police on Dec. 22.

The investigation into Murray began in October, when a report was made to the Department of Social Services.

A juvenile victim reported they were sexually abused on two occasions approximately four to eight years ago.

Anne Arundel County Child Abuse Unit was made aware, and Child Abuse detectives conducted interviews and worked with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office to obtain an arrest warrant.

After Murray surrendered himself, he was charged with two counts of Second Degree Sexual Offense, two counts of a Third Degree Sexual Offense, two counts of a Fourth Degree Sexual Offense, Sexual Abuse of a Minor, Second Degree Child Abuse, two counts of Second Degree Assault, and two counts of Sodomy.