Wake County

Florida man arrested for 2007 rape of Wake County child

From staff reports

Kevin John Gilmore
Kevin John Gilmore

Authorities returned a man from Florida to Raleigh on Saturday to face an arrest warrant in which Cary police charged him with child rape and sexual offense with a child in an incident that the victim said happened in 2007.

A Wake County magistrate set $1 million bail for Kevin John Gilmore, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., and he was held at the Wake County Detention Center for a Monday court appearance.

In the arrest warrant that they obtained on Oct. 25, Cary investigators said that the victim, now 15, was attacked on June 30, 2007.

The child now lives in eastern North Carolina and kept the incident secret until this year, Cary police Capt. Randall Rhyne said. The family reported the incident to police where they live, and those officers relayed the information to Cary detectives.

Rhyne declined to say if the child is a boy or a girl, but the law’s language for a child-rape charge indicates the victim was a girl. Rhyne said the child and Gilmore knew each other at the time.

Police say it is not unusual for a victim in an alleged sexual crime to come forward later, especially if the victim is a child. It can take years for a child to be able to tell someone about what happened, they say.

“We were able to locate him in Florida and had him returned here,” Rhyne said.

The state Department of Public Safety’s Fugitive Unit arranged for Gilmore to be brought to Raleigh from the Duval County Jail, where he had been held after police there arrested him.

Gilmore waived an extradition hearing on Oct. 30 and agreed to be brought back to North Carolina, according to court records.

The charges listed in the arrest warrant are first-degree rape of a child and first-degree sexual offense with a child.