Gates man faces child sex charges
Published 4:42 pm Thursday, September 16, 2021
GATES – An investigation by local and state law enforcement officials has led to the arrest of a Gates County man on 10 charges of sex crimes against juvenile females.
Anthony Darryl Harris of Gates was arrested Sept. 9 after search warrants were executed on 15 Mallory Buck Road, 25 Mallory Buck Road, and 1012 Drum Hill Road.
Gates County Sheriff Ray Campbell said Harris owned all three of those properties.
Harris is charged with four counts of first degree sexual offense involving a child, five counts of statutory rape, and one count of second degree rape. He is currently jailed under a $1 million cash bond.
According to court records, Harris is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on those charges during the Sept. 28 session of Gates County Criminal District Court.
Campbell said the initial investigation of Harris was initiated by the Gates County Sheriff’s Office. The case was then turned over to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
“We performed the initial round of interviews with the victims, who are now in their early 20’s but were in their early teens when these alleged sexual acts began,” Campbell said.
The Sheriff added that even though Harris is behind bars, the investigation into this case is far from over. He encouraged anyone with information regarding Harris to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (252) 357-0210.