Laurinburg man wanted in child sexual abuse

Staff report

LAURINBURG — The search is on for a Laurinburg man wanted for raping a child and numerous other charges involving children, according to investigators with the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office cold case team.

The sheriff’s office has obtained obtained warrants for Desmond Earl Knight, 43, of Laurinburg, for felony charges of first-degree forcible rape of a child by an adult.

Knight is also expected to be charged with 17 counts of indecent liberties with a child.

The allegations of sexual abuse of a child were made in August 2015 from a crime committed in Laurinburg over the course of several months, investigators said.

Knight also has two outstanding warrants from Hoke County from 2013 in reference to failure to appear on charges involving traffic infractions.

Knight is currently considered a fugitive from justice who was last seen near the Sandy Acres Mobile Home Park in Raeford off N.C. 211.

Investigators said Knight has been receiving help to stay in hiding by his current girlfriend, Dermia Braddy of Laurinburg, deputies say. He was recently seen with Braddy in a 2002 silver Pontiac Grand Prix SE, with a NC license plate of DAN- 2901.

Deputies say Knight is considered armed and dangerous and is an assault risk.

Deputies believe Knight has been on the run since 2013 from the warrants out of Hoke County.

Those with information are asked to call Lt. Jessica Sadovnikov with the Scotland Sheriff’s Office at 910-266-4185 or 910-551-8736.

Staff report

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