Garner, North Carolina (The Weekly Vice) - Jonathan Leigh Sullivan, a 41-year-old Raleigh man was arrested Monday after police found him in an empty cul-de-sac with a naked 12-year-old girl.
According to Garner Police, Sullivan was parked in the cul-de-sac of an empty subdivision under construction when an off-duty sheriff's deputy decided to investigate.
As the deputy approached the vehicle, he found Sullivan in the vehicle's backseat with a 2-year-old boy. The deputy called for backup when the suspect gave inconsistent statements as to his reason for being in the neighborhood.
Garner police soon arrived and asked Sullivan again why he was in the neighborhood. Sullivan reportedly explained that he had just dropped his daughter off at a local golf club.
As one officer talked to Sullivan, the other noticed a pair of binoculars, a computer and a digital camera inside the vehicle. Officers asked for permission to look at the camera, which was granted by the suspect, according to a search warrant affidavit.
The camera's first photo purportedly showed what appeared to be the vagina of an underage girl. At the same time, another officer noticed the shape of a person hiding under a tarp in the SUV's rear interior.
When the tarp was lifted, officers discovered a twelve-year-old girl trying to dress herself.
Officers interviewed the girl who explained she and Sullivan came to the cul-de-dac often, as it was their "quiet place", according to the arrest affidavit. The two children were later identified as the grandchildren of Sullivan's girlfriend.
Area court records indicate all four-- Sullivan, the grandmother, and her two grandchildren-- live at the same residence.
Sullivan is being held at the Wake County Jail on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of taking indecent liberties with a child. His is currently being held on a $225,000 bond.
The Weekly Vice
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