Man took liberties with girl from church, Raleigh police charge

From staff reportsJuly 30, 2013 

— A 20-year-old man, being held on a charge of having a stolen car stolen, was arrested again Monday night on two counts of taking indecent liberties with a 12-year-old girl he had met at a church earlier this month.

Detectives served a warrant alleging two counts of indecent liberties on Meredith Delynn Cromartie.

Cromartie told arresting officers that he works for a security company, but records indicate he has no permanent address.

Police said the indecent liberties charges stem from inappropriate contact with the girl, whom he had met while both were doing volunteer work July 18.

The charge on which Cromartie was being held, possession of a stolen vehicle, came about 3 a.m. Sunday when police said they found him at a strip shopping center on Capital Boulevard with a car that had been reported stolen from a rental company’s parking lot.

With the three charges, Cromartie, who had been in court Monday on the car charge and was due back Tuesday on the other allegations, was being held in lieu of $45,000 bail.

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