Sex items seized from ice cream seller's van

Warrant reveals what police found in van where girl, 14, was held

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comSeptember 12, 2012 

— Police found a number of sex-related items – video cassettes, nearly three dozen condoms and a book titled “Sexual Secrets” – in the ice-cream vendor vehicle driven by a man charged last month with kidnapping and statutory rape, according to a search warrant made public Wednesday.

Omar Kareem Sellers, 39, of Raleigh, remained in custody Wednesday at the Wake County Jail. He is charged with two counts of statutory rape and one count each of indecent liberties with a child and first-degree kidnapping, according to court records.

Garner police investigator P. Moore wrote in the search warrant that officers arrived at a parking lot in the 100 block of Avery Square in Garner just before 9 p.m. on Aug. 16 in response to reports of a missing juvenile.

Family members told police that a 14-year-old girl had been abducted from the parking lot by someone driving a white 2001 Ford Econoline van that had been converted into an ice-cream truck, with colorful polka dots and the Bratz logo emblazoned on its sides, Moore stated.

The News & Observer does not typically identify people reported to be the victims of sexual assault.

An Amber Alert was issued at 11:22 p.m. and, at 11:34 p.m., Raleigh and Garner police officers spotted the van near Garner and Creech roads. The girl was inside the van when police stopped it.

She told the officers that Sellers had promised her a job helping him sell ice cream, but that he wanted her to have sex with him first.

She said he told her “if you’re going to work for me, I need to know that I can trust you,” according to the search warrant.

The girl voluntarily got into the ice-cream truck, but there is no evidence she consented to engage in sex, Garner police spokesman Lt. Wayne Moore said.

Sellers was charged with statutory rape, commonly used in cases where an adult has consensual sex with someone under the age of 16, so that he will not be able to avoid a rape conviction by arguing in court that the girl consented, Moore said.

The van was registered to Sellers, but he did not have a permit to operate as a food vendor in Garner, said Moore.

Police also seized from the van a mobile phone and charger, a laptop computer, several cameras, packets of personal lubrication, 41 packets of oral sex barriers, trivia cards and a marijuana cigarette, court records show.

Sellers’ bail is set at $1 million. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2 p.m. Thursday.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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