Suspect Charged In 2017 Sex Offense Investigation

Nearly two years after authorities launched an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a juvenile, an arrest has been made.

In August 2017, Johnston County sheriff’s detectives began investigating allegations against 34 year-old Edward Clark Daugherty of Outwater Ridge Drive, Garner.  The investigation had been ongoing since that time. It was only recently new developments allowed authorities to file formal charges against him.

On Wednesday, Daugherty was arrested and charged with taking indecent liberties with a child and first degree statutory sex offense. The victim in the case was 8 when the crime was reported two years ago.

Daugherty was confined in the Johnston County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 secured bond.