Search in abuse case yields weapons

Man accused of sexual molestation

Staff WriterAugust 3, 2006 

— Investigators who searched the home of a 43-year-old man charged with sexually molesting children found dozens of firearms, several swords, ballistic body armor, military handbooks, video cameras and computers, according to a search warrant.

Arkeem Jordan of Wendell was charged Friday with first-degree statutory sexual offense with a child, first-degree rape, indecent liberties with children and a sexual act by a substitute parent, according to court records.

The mother of the victims reported the incidents to the Wake County Sheriff's Office, said spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens. Firearms were used in at least one of the offenses.

In the search warrant made public this week, investigators wrote that they wanted to seize videotapes, video cameras, digital cameras, computers or other items related to the sexual exploitation of minors.

Officers also asked to seize any videos, written plans, maps, surveillance equipment, documents "or any other related material related to Homeland Security issues," according to the search warrant.

Stephens said the sheriff's office was continuing its investigation and that it would not comment on the search warrant or the reference to Homeland Security.

Among other items, investigators seized 25 guns, including pistols, an air gun and rifles; ballistic body armor; a handbook on covert military operations; a handbook on "improvised munitions," and an item listed as "sniper training and employment."

Investigators also took a copy of the Quran, several video cameras, portable computer hard drives, two laptops, police radio scanners, a Samurai sword, six other assorted swords, ammunition and documents, according to the warrant.

Jordan was being held Wednesday at the Wake County jail in lieu of $1 million bail, according to jail officials.

Before the arrest Friday, Jordan's criminal history included pleading guilty to an expired car registration, along with a conviction for misdemeanor assault and a worthless check, according to court records.

Staff writer Jennifer Brevorka can be reached at 836-4906 or jbrevork@newsobserver.com.

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