Herman Samuel Dawson was arrested in May 2017 on multiple charges, including sexually assaulting one of his young daughter’s 14-year-old friends to whom he had provided alcohol during a sleepover. (Port City Daily photo / Carolina Beach Police Department)
CAROLINA BEACH — A Carolina Beach man has pled guilty to sexual assault of a 14-year-old friend of his daughters during a sleepover.
“Herman Dawson, age 46 of Carolina Beach, pled guilty to statutory sex offense, taking indecent liberties with children, sexual exploitation of minor, felony secret peeping, and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile in New Hanover County Superior Court yesterday afternoon,” according to a press release by District Attorney Ben David.
The victim was a friend of Dawson’s daughter and was at his home for a sleepover. During the sleepover, Dawson provided alcohol to all of the girls who were present.
“The defendant sexually assaulted the victim in the middle of night and also took pictures of the victim’s body after the assault without her knowledge. The photographs were found on the defendant’s phone in a hidden app. With the assistance of the National Computer Forensics Institute, the Carolina Beach Police Department was able to recover the hidden images of the victim on his phone,” according to the press release.
Dawson pled guilty on the second day of his trial after the jury had been selected, but before the victim was made to testify, he was sentenced to 180-276 months in prison.