Sexual Assault

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have arrested and charged a 29-year-old man in connection with three sexual battery incidents that occurred in the University area Friday night. David Keith Kenney is currently in custody in the Mecklenburg County Jail.

Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department

CMPD's Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit has charged a 56-year-old Charlotte man with two sexual assaults that happened in the 1990s. The arrest came with the help of new tests on DNA gathered in the cases.

More Than 15,000 Untested Sex Assault Kits In NC

Feb 28, 2018

There are more than 15,000 sexual assault evidence collection kits in North Carolina that have yet to be tested, according to the numbers compiled by the Department of Justice and made available by Attorney General Josh Stein’s office and the state crime lab.

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The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department this week was awarded an $837,342 federal Justice Department grant to help end a backlog of sexual assault cold cases.

About 600 kits that were processed more than 10 years ago will be re-tested at an accredited lab using new DNA-testing technology. Many date back to the 1990s.

Charlotte Mecklenburg police have charged a Charlotte school teacher with sexually assaulting two children. 

Police Arrest Two Teenage Suspects In Homicide

Jul 21, 2017
Crystal Hogue / WFAE

Updated at 9:39 a.m. July 22, 2017 -

Police have arrested two 15-year-old boys they say were involved in the June 18 robbery and murder of Zachary Finch.  Finch was killed at an apartment building in west Charlotte during what CMPD says was a transaction involving the thrifting app, “Let Go.”

Police Make Arrest In Uptown Sexual Assault

Jun 1, 2017
Jane Wester / Charlotte Observer

Police arrested a 19 year-old man they say robbed and sexually assaulted a couple in uptown Charlotte early Thursday morning. The couple was walking back to their hotel around 2 a.m. when police say Tevin Williams approached them by the convention center holding a gun. 

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A group of clergy abuse survivors is criticizing the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte for its handling of sexual abuse cases. This comes on the heels of a meeting between Pope Francis and abuse survivors yesterday, and the recent dismissal of criminal and civil sexual assault cases in the Charlotte Diocese.

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Students, faculty and some area residents marched across the Davidson College campusThursday morning in the latest public facet of a debate over sexual assault and the college’s sexual misconduct policy. The march, an online petition and other discussions have showed widespread support for reform among students. And in brief remarks, college President Carol Quillen called for change in how the campus addresses this devastating but often unreported crime.