Convicted offender charged in child rape

Staff WriterAugust 14, 2009 

— Wake County sheriff's deputies charged a convicted sex offender Wednesday with the rape and molestation of a 5-year-old child, authorities say.

Deputies arrested David Bernard Eichacker, 32, at his Wendell home and charged him with one felony count each of statutory rape by an adult, statutory sex offense by an adult and attempted statutory sex offense by an adult, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens.

It is the policy of The News & Observer not to publish the name of the victim of an alleged sexual offense.

Eichacker is being held at the Wake County jail with bail set at $3 million, a jail spokeswoman said.

Sheriff's investigators have accused Eichacker of raping and molesting the 5-year-old between February and May. The sheriff's office began its investigation June 9 after being notified by Wake County Child Protective Services, Stephens said.

Court records indicate that Eichacker was charged May 23, 2008, with felony statutory rape of a child older than 6 years old. He was convicted three months later in Wake County Superior Court of a lesser offense of indecent liberties with a minor and sentenced to two years of probation.

In addition to probation, Eichacker was also required to register with the state sex offense registry, pay court costs and pay a fine of $426, state records show.

Eichacker could be sentenced to life in prison without parole if he is convicted of statutory rape, according to state statutes.

News researcher Peggy Neal contributed to this report. or 919-829-4533

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