Two individuals entered guilty pleas in Alexander County cases. One of the defendants received a minimum of six years in prison, the other was given a suspended sentence. The sentences were imposed Monday (April 25) in Alexander County Superior Court.
33-year-old Michael Justin Childers of Taylorsville entered a guilty plea to six counts of felony indecent liberties with a child and 15 counts of felony secret peeping. Childers was given an active sentence of 78 to 150 months or six-and-a-half to twelve-and-a-half years, followed by a suspended sentence of 60 to 210 months or five to 17-and-a-half years. Childers also received three years of supervised probation, and a permanent No-Contact Order with his victims. He is also required to register on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry upon his release from prison.
Childers was initially charged in December 2020 in connection to a hidden camera that was discovered in a faculty restroom at Wittenburg Elementary School. Additionally, the Taylorsville Police Department charged Childers with numerous counts in connection to a similar incident at Walmart in Taylorsville.
63-year-old Timothy Dean Fletcher of Lenoir entered a guilty plea to one count of felony accessory after the fact. Fletcher was given a suspended sentence of 16 to 29 months with three years of supervised probation and credit for 139 days served. Fletcher was transferred to Caldwell County for probation. He was initially charged in July 2017 in connection to a homicide and assault that occurred on Houck Mountain Road in the Ellendale Community of Alexander County.