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Police Review Board Chairman Arrested On 25 Child Sex Abuse-Related Charges

Henry Thomas Black allegedly abused two girls over a 22-year span, police said.

North Myrtle Beach, SC – The chairman of the Charlotte, North Carolina police citizen review board has been arrested amid allegations that he repeatedly sexually assaulted two girls over a period of 22 years.

Henry Thomas Black, 49, was apprehended in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, after a fugitive warrant was issued for his arrest, WPDE reported.

The investigation into the Charlotte Citizens Review Board chairman began on Sept. 3, when one of the victims reported that Black had repeatedly sexually assaulted her as a child, WSOC reported.

Police identified a second victim during the course of their investigation, and she also confirmed that Black had sexually assaulted her when she was a child.

Black allegedly abused the girls, who are now adults, from 1996 until 2018, according to WSOC.

They both told adults in their lives about the attacks when they were children, but those adults never went to the police regarding the girls’ accusations against Black, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Deputy Police Chief Gerald Smith said.

Some of those adults had a legal duty to report the alleged victimization, he said.

Detectives are now looking into the adults who they say failed to protect the victims, WSOC reported.

Investigators have also been tracking down several additional potential victims who have been identified during the course of the investigation, he added.

“I consider it to be superhuman what they’ve done,” Chief Smith said of women.

Once he has been returned to North Carolina, Black will be charged with 14 counts of indecent liberties with children, four counts of incest, three counts of statutory sex offense, two counts of statutory rape, and two counts of child abuse – sexual act, the chief said.

According to a City of Charlotte spokesperson, nominees for the voluntary Citizens Review Board are required to complete criminal background checks, which Black reportedly passed, WSOC reported.

City ordinance mandates that anyone charged with a felony while serving on the board must be suspended pending the outcome of the case.

Black was suspended immediately after his arrest in South Carolina, WSOC reported.

The Citizens Review Board, which was established in 1997, conducts independent investigations into how police administrators handle allegations of police misconduct.

Black was appointed as the board’s chairman in 2014, and serves in a voluntary capacity, WSOC reported.

He is also the co-founder of the Genesis Project, which was reportedly established to assist at-risk youth and their families, Chief Smith said.

Holly Matkin - September Thu, 2019


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