Former Kenly police chief faces child sex charges

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Friday, October 30, 2015
David Mangum
David Mangum
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MIDDLESEX, NC (WTVD) -- The Johnston County Sheriff's Office has arrested former Kenly Police Chief David Mangum on sex charges.

Mangum, 44, is charged with three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and two counts of first-degree sex offense.

Mangum was fired from his police chief job in 2006 and later charged with embezzlement for misuse of a town credit card.

Investigators said Mangum used the card to buy $648 tickets for a cruise along with personal shopping trips to stores and a trip to the coast.

Mangum joined the Kenly Police Department in May 2000, and had been chief of the town about 30 miles southeast of Raleigh for about five years.

Bond for Mangum on Friday's charges was set at $360,000. The alleges sex offenses took place about 3 years ago, according to investigators. An arrest warrant states the victim was 13.

Mangum's mother, Linda, came to her son's defense Friday.

"He's not guilty. He's not guilty of anything and the truth of that will come out," she said.

Mangum's first court appearance is scheduled for Monday.