Raleigh man charged with indecent liberties with children

From staff reportsJune 26, 2013 

Raleigh police said this green Dodge Ram 1500 pickup owned by Thomas Flora figured in reports of incidents that led to his arrest.

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— Police have charged a 31-year-old man with taking indecent liberties with children as young as 4 years old and with indecent exposure and kidnapping over a period that began in May 2010 and ended this month.

Thomas Arnold Flora of 1803 Hillock Drive was arrested Tuesday afternoon at the police department’s Downtown District station on West Cabarrus Street.

Arrest warrants accused Flora of three counts of second-degree kidnapping, two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, one count of felony indecent exposure and one count of misdemeanor indecent exposure.

Police also issued a photo of Flora’s green, Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck that they said figured in reports of the instances in which they charged him, and they asked anyone with information about similar incidents involving a truck like it to contact police at 919-834-HELP (4357).

Police said the cases began with suggestive remarks made to a 13-year-old girl on Deep Hollow Drive on May 16, 2010.

They said there then was an attempt to kidnap a 12-year-old girl on that street on Sept. 5, 2011.

On April 4, 2012, warrants charged, Flora exposed himself to a 4-year-old girl, touched her inappropriately and tried to get her to go elsewhere with him.

One kidnapping count relates to what police said was Flora’s grabbing a 6-year-old boy by the arm on Aug. 13, 2012, and an indecent exposure charge stemmed from an incident June 17 in which officers accused Flora of exposing himself to a 35-year-old woman.

Flora did not know any of the victims, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Flora was being held in lieu of $181,000 bail pending a court appearance Wednesday.

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