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Local realtor charged with 21 counts of sexual abuse involving two children

An area realtor has been arrested for multiple sex crimes against children – charges that refer back to incidents which allegedly took place more than five years ago.

Robert Dalton Akiyama Cavinder was ultimately taken into custody last Wednesday based on the results of a two-month investigation spearheaded by the office of Alamance County’s sheriff.

According to the sheriff’s office, the agency’s special victims unit initially launched this inquiry on October 6 after it received word of “possible” sexual assaults against children. Six weeks later, the sheriff’s office issued arrest warrants against Cavinder for crimes that included 14 felony counts of a sex offense with a child, six felony counts of indecent liberties with a child, and one felony count of statutory rape of a child by an adult.

The arrest warrants themselves indicate that 13 of these alleged violations date back to February 5, 2018 while the other eight reportedly occurred on or about April 15, 2017. The warrants allege that the first set of offenses involved a victim who was 9 years old at the time, while the victim of the other offenses was 11 years old when the crimes reportedly took place.

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A 39-year-old white male who resides at 4420 Bunton Swain Road in Liberty, Cavinder is perhaps best known in Alamance County as a real estate broker with the Cavinder Realty Group at 2280 South Church Street in Burlington. Various websites identify Cavinder with the Keller Williams brand, which continues to list him among its roster of real estate agents in central North Carolina. Cavinder’s arrest warrants also identify Keller Williams as his employer.

Cavinder in district court on Thursday before judge Larry Brown
Robert Dalton Akiyama Cavinder

According to the sheriff’s office, Cavinder was picked up by U.S. Marshals on December 6. He was released on a $250,000 bond before his arraignment on Thursday.

During his arraignment, Cavinder’s attorney mentioned to district court judge Larry Brown that Cavinder hopes to attend a realtor’s convention out of state, in Texas.  Brown suggested that the attorney contact the district attorney’s office to determine whether such a trip would be allowed under his bond while he’s awaiting trial.

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