Navy probe nets local arrest

Published 2:01 pm Tuesday, July 1, 2014

GATESVILLE – The U.S. Navy’s Criminal Investigative unit is credited with providing information leading to the arrest of a Corapeake man, who once worked as an EMT with the Gates County Rescue Squad, on child sex charges.

The Gates County Sheriff’s Office reported that 28-year-old Michael Ivie is currently held under an $80,000 bond in the Hertford County Jail as he awaits his next court appearance.

Michael Ivie

Michael Ivie

GCSO Captain Glenda Parker said Ivie is charged with four felonies – two counts of indecent liberties with a child, one count of solicitation of a child by a computer or other electronic device to commit an unlawful sex act, and one count of statutory rape of a child that is 13, 14 or 15 years old.

While investigating a case involving Navy personnel, Parker said a NCIS (Naval Investigative) agent alerted the Gates County Sheriff’s Office regarding Ivie’s alleged involvement with the teen girl.

“He (NCIS agent) was working another case, the electronic solicitation of child pornography, that allegedly involved the same young girl here in Gates County,” Parker said. “That investigation turned up the names of Mr. Ivie and another man who was arrested over in South Mills (Camden County).”

Parker added that NCIS interviewed the local teen as part of their investigation.

Ivie, who also worked as a volunteer with the Whaleyville (VA) Fire Department, has been suspended from Gates County Rescue, according to Parker. She added that he worked as a paid and volunteer EMT with that organization.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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