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Waynesville man pleads guilty to sex crimes, adds time to active sentence

Timothy Connor, of Waynesville, pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of a child adding 26-41 consecutive months to his existing 19-year sentence for his previous sexual assaults and kidnapping convictions.

The bravery of a child sex abuse survivor led to the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney Ashley Welch seeking additional charges for Connor. 

In 2021, a jury found Timothy Connor guilty of first-degree forcible rape, second-degree kidnapping, second-degree forcible rape, and first-degree kidnapping. On Oct. 7, 2022, while serving his existing sentence Connor pled guilty to one count of indecent liberties with a child.

“Timothy Connor devastated the lives of his victims and is now being held accountable,” said Haywood County Sheriff’s Office Detective Dustin Toon. “It takes tremendous courage for survivors of abuse to come forward. Every time a survivor comes forward and seeks justice, they give hope and inspire others to do the same.”

According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) there are over 463,000 victims of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States. 

“Violence and abuse have no place in our community. We will continue to fervently pursue these offenders. If you are experiencing violence, please know that you are not alone, and it is not your fault. We stand with our survivors and victims. Our office will always be here for you when you are ready to come forward,” said Chief Deputy Jeff Haynes.

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, please call 911 immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, please call the Haywood County Crimestoppers Tipline at 1.877.922.7463 or call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE (4673).

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