SMITHFIELD – A Benson-area resident arrested two years ago on multiple felony charges has been sentenced to prison. James Byron Bond of Beasley Road was arrested in October 2021 after an adult female victim reported that she had been sexually assaulted.
During their investigation, Johnston County sheriff’s detectives learned there were two additional victims. The sexual assaults occurred over a period of several months in the summer and fall of 2021 at the defendant’s residence.
On September 5, 2023, the 60 year-old defendant pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree forcible sex offense, four counts of first-degree exploitation of a child, two counts of attempted first-degree exploitation of a child, nine counts of second-degree exploitation of a child, and 32 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.
Superior Court Judge Brian C. Wilks sentenced Bond to a minimum of 30 years to a maximum of 61 years in prison. He received an additional suspended sentence of 10 to 21 years to run at the expiration of his lengthy prison term.
Assistant District Attorney Paul Jackson said, “The District Attorney’s Office is pleased that the defendant has been held accountable. We are grateful to the survivors for bravely coming forward to prevent other children from being victimized by the defendant. We are also grateful to lead Detective Joey Harrell and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work and excellent investigation.”
If Bond is ever released from prison, he must register as a convicted sex offender