Man pleads guilty in sex abuse case

By Pat Kimbrough, High Point Enterprise

WSII-12 (North Carolina)

December 8, 2009

HIGH POINT -- A High Point man pleaded guilty Monday to charges of sexual misconduct involving a child in incidents dating to the 1970s.

Guy Ellis Carr Jr., 66, of W. Parkway Avenue, will be sentenced later this week on eight counts of indecent liberties with a child stemming from a series of sexual assaults between 1973 and 1981 that were committed against a girl from the time she was 4 or 5 years old until she was about 12.

Each count carries a maximum possible prison sentence of 10 years. Superior Court Judge Brad Long of Randolph County postponed sentencing until Friday.

Carr, the owner of Carr Mill Supplies on Manley Street and a deacon at Emerywood Baptist Church in High Point, was arrested in June 2008 after a Guilford County grand jury indicted him on 32 total counts of sex crimes, including first-degree rape of a child, first-degree sexual offense and crime against nature. Pursuant to his plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed all but the indecent liberties charges.

Guilford County Assistant District Attorney Walt Jones said the victim, who now is 40, reported the abuse to police in April 2008 and gave detectives a copy of a deposition from Carr’s divorce case in which he admitted molesting her. She subsequently contacted Carr, who agreed to meet with her to discuss the molestation. The High Point Enterprise generally does not identify victims of sex crimes.

At the meeting, she wore a concealed microphone that captured their conversation, which also was recorded on video by police. Jones played the 25-minute recording in court Monday. In it, the victim recounted many details of the abuse to Carr.

Carr didn’t deny his involvement in the recording. When asked by the victim, “How do you ask God for forgiveness from something like that?” he responded, “You say that it was wrong and that you’re sorry that you did it.”

The victim also read a statement, describing the devastating toll the abuse has taken on her. She mentioned a past meeting with Carr where she wanted to forgive him. “His response was, ‘Most people just get over it.’

His response crushed me,” she said. “I want to live and be free of the shame and guilt I hid for 36 years. ... I hope Guy Carr is sentenced to enough time so that he never poses a threat to anyone else.”

This article appeared in Tuesday's edition of the High Point Enterprise.

SNAP Note: Emerywood Baptist Church in High Point is shown as a church affiliated with both the Southern Baptist Convention and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

See also:

High Point Businessman, deacon faces 32 sex abuse charges, WXII-12, June 13, 2008

High Point man faces sexual assault charges, News-Record, June 13, 2008