Man pleads guilty to indecent liberties charges

By DeeAnna Haney | Nov 19, 2012

A Waynesville man will spend at least four years and six months behind bars for molesting a 6-year-old girl.

Kenneth Ben Wilson Jr., 51, of Country Club Drive, Waynesville, pleaded guilty to two counts indecent liberties with a child Tuesday in Superior Administrative Court.

Superior Court Judge Brad Letts sentenced him to serve between 28 and 34 months in jail for each charge, scheduled to run back to back.

Wilson was arrested July 17 after an investigation by detectives at the Waynesville Police Department.

The investigation has been ongoing since January 2011.

The girl, who is now 7, came forward to her mother about the sexual activity and the case was reported to the Department of Social Services.

Wilson was an acquaintance of the victim's mother.

Wilson was indicted by a Haywood County Grand Jury July 11 for two counts felony sexual offense with a child and two counts felony indecent liberties with a child.

"A lot of information was brought out during a polygraph done by SBI that led to his charges," Reeves said.

He said that although polygraph test scores are not admissible in court in North Carolina, information gathered during the polygraph interview by the examiner is allowed in court.

At the time of his arrest, he was also charged with simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance after officers found marijuana in his pants pocket.

He is due in District Court for that charge Dec. 12.