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UPDATE: Couple accused of coercing juvenile assault victim

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UPDATE FROM STORY POSTED EARLIER THIS WEEK WHEN MOTHER CHARGED; NOW BOYFRIEND ALSO FACES ADDITIONAL CHARGES

An area woman and her boyfriend have been charged with attempting to undermine an ongoing investigation into the boyfriend’s alleged sexual assault of the woman’s underage daughter.

The office of Alamance County’s sheriff has charged both Christy Jeannine Danese and Robert David King, Jr. with felony-level obstruction of justice after they allegedly tried to pressure Danese’s daughter to recant an assault allegation that resulted in the couple’s arrest in the fall of 2022.

According to the sheriff’s office, Danese was the first of the pair to incur an obstruction charge after she allegedly shared falsified documents with the district attorney’s office and leaned on her daughter to change her original statement about the assault.

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The 44-year-old white female, who hails from Snow Camp, reportedly committed these acts while she was awaiting trial for allegedly failing to report her daughter’s alleged assault at the hands of her 49-year-old boyfriend. Danese was initially jailed on this charge in November at roughly the same time that King, who also resides in Snow Camp, was arrested for felony-level indecent liberties and statutory sexual offense with a child. Danese was eventually let out on bond in December, while King has remained incarcerated since his initial arrest.

Christy Jeannine Danese
Robert David King, Jr.

According to the sheriff’s office, Danese wound up back in jail on Friday after the D.A.’s office shared its suspicions about her with the agency’s investigators. She is currently in jail under a $250,000 bond.

In the meantime, the sheriff’s investigators have filed two felony-level obstruction charges against King after they received two reports that he had contacted Danese from jail to have her exert pressure on his juvenile accuser. His bond has subsequently been increase from the original sum of $300,000 to a new total of $500,000.


This is an update of an earlier story when the mother was charged earlier this week: https://alamancenews.com/mother-of-juvenile-assault-victim-faces-obstruction-charge/

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