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Bracey man given nearly seven years in prison for sex crimes / August 11, 2021
Jameel Daquan Maurice of Bracey will spend the nearly seven years in prison for taking indecent liberties with two minors under the age of 15.

Mecklenburg County Circuit Judge Kimberly S. White sentenced Maurice to 30 years in prison with all but six years and eight months suspended from the sentence, and assessed court costs of $1,864.

In January, Maurice was found guilty of two counts of taking indecent liberties with two young girls approximately 13 years of age, and one count of taking indecent liberties involving carnal knowledge of one of the two young girls.

White also ordered Maurice to be of good behavior for 30 years, serve five years of active supervised probation upon his release from prison, be evaluated for substance abuse and register as a sexual offender. He was further ordered to follow any treatment recommendations, partake in no illegal drugs or marijuana, submit to drug screenings, have no access to social media or the internet except as allowed by his probation officer upon his release, and to have no unsupervised contact with any females under the age of 18, or contact with the victims or their families.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Nash, who prosecuted the case, described Maurice as a very bright 25-year-old who was “afforded many opportunities but chose an alternate path.”

He was a convicted felon by the age of 18 after stealing a firearm “out of revenge,” according to Nash, and he “takes no responsibility for his choices.”

Nash said Maurice actively sought out young girls between the ages of 13 and 15, lied about his own age and “was the driving force behind turning conversations [with the minors] to sex.”

In a psychosexual report submitted to the court, Richmond-based forensic psychologist Dr. Evan Nelson described Maurice’s conversations with the young girls as “obvious grooming” and said it was “abnormal to repeatedly seek out sex with young girls.” He concluded that Maurice’s “lack of impulse control” coupled with other factors made him twice as likely to repeat the offense.

Defense attorney Charles Crowder described his client as “treatable,” and attributed his conduct, in part, to addiction to marijuana.

He called Maurice a “bright young man” who graduated with an advanced diploma from Park View High School and was active in both school sports and student clubs while in high school. Since graduation from high school, Crowder said his client has held a number of “good jobs” and advanced in responsibility at each of the jobs over time.

Crowder agreed with Nelson’s findings that Maurice would benefit from participating in “sex offender treatment” and that he “is emotionally immature.”

He asked White to refer the defendent to Fulcrum Counselors in Farmville where there are professional licensed counselors trained to work with sexual abusers. Crowder suggested a sentence for Maurice of two years and two months, with credit for time served.

Maurice’s other attorney, Michael Freshour of South Boston, asked White to consider Maurice’s confession and admission of guilt before sentencing and pointed out that none of the victims or their parents or guardians submitted victim impact statements. He wondered aloud about the significance of that fact.

Should Maurice have an inclination toward pedophilia, it could be “headed off with treatment,” Freshour said.

Sending Maurice to prison would only delay treatment for him and could “escalate Maurice’s sexual behavior” since the Department of Corrections “has no adequate treatment program for sex offenders.”

Before receiving his sentence, Maurice apologized to the families, saying “I take responsibility for my actions.” He further told White he “believes treatment will help me make better choices.”

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