Cary man faces 15 child sex crime charges

Wake County News
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CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – A Cary man faces more than a dozen child sex crime charges after a 15-year-old girl told police she shared sexually graphic images with an older man and that relationship later became physical, court documents show. 

Eric Benjamin Holcombe, 36, faces 15 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, arrest records show. 

Holcombe is also a suspect in another child sex crimes investigation involving the same 15-year-old girl, according to search warrants.

On Dec. 19, 2018, the victim and her parents went to the Cary Police Department where the victim told investigators she had engaged in sexual activity with an older man, search warrants say. 

The victim gave police permission to search her phone where they located communication between the victim and another person using a chat app. 

The chats included the exchange of sexually graphic images of the victim, court documents show. 

On Nov. 12, 2018, court documents say the suspect told the victim his name was Eric. The following day, he revealed he worked for a software company in the area. 

Those communication also contained evidence that the victim and the suspect “engaged in sexual activity” on Nov. 13, 2018, court documents say. 

When the suspect went to the victim’s house, court documents say there was a police vehicle outside. 

The suspect asked the victim, “Is Chris Hansen gonna be there? LOL.” The victim responded with “Who?” documents show. 

The conversation after they met gave evidence of physical sexual contact, warrants say. 

In the days following, court documents say dozens of sexually explicit images of the victim were shared between her and the suspect.

On Dec. 20, 2018, Cary police used GPS coordinates from posts and activity in the communication app to trace the source of the chats and images. 

Court documents say that led the to the arrest of Holcombe on Dec. 21. Charges connected to the search warrant have not been filed at this time.

Holcombe received a $100,000 bond on the third-degree sexual exploitation charges, but posted that bond later.

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