Michael Assad Lahoud – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile


The Wake County Sheriff’s Office charged a registered sex offender living in North Raleigh with multiple counts of taking indecent liberties with children, court records show.

Michael Assad Lahoud, 51, of 1905 Grove Point Court was charged this morning with nine felony counts of indecent liberties with children, according to arrest warrants filed this morning at the Wake County Magistrate’s Office.

Wake sheriff’s deputies took Lahoud this morning to the Wake County Jail where he is being held under a $500,000 bail, court records show. Investigators think the offenses involved at least four juveniles – one girl and three boys – and took place between 2001 and 2006, according to search warrants returned in the case.

Sheriff’s deputies have not yet disclosed what prompted their investigation of Lahoud, who was sentenced to probation for three previous convictions – in 1994, 1998 and 2001 – of the same offense, according to the state Department of Correction. According to the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry, Lahoud was placed on its list on Feb. 2, 2005 following four prior convictions, including three in 2004.

Sheriff’s deputies obtained a warrant on Sept. 11 to search Lahoud’s home after talking with four teens. One of them, now 15, told investigators that he was fondled at least five times. According to the search warrant, the alleged victim told police that the first time it happened, he was about seven years old. The last incident occurred when he was 13, according to a court affidavit.

A second boy, now 14, told deputies he was fondled while visiting the suspect’s home and that he was made to fondle the suspect, court records show.

A third child told investigators he was fondled on multiple occasions when he was between eight and 11 years old, the search warrant said.

The alleged female victim, now 18, also told deputies that she was fondled on different occasions until she reached the age of 12. On one occasion, the teen told deputies, she was taken to a camper behind his home, made to take her clothes off and touch the suspect, the search warrant said.

Investigators seized 30 items from Lahoud’s home while searching for evidence linking him to the teens’ allegations. Among the items deputies recovered were photos, micro-cassette tapes, firearms ammunition, VHS movies, a box of Clairborne cologne, a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a glass pipe with residue and a prescription pill bottle, court records show.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

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  1. This monster is out again. He paid $5.5mil to get out.The almighty $ is all it takes in NC to buy our children.What is Bev Perdue doing about that? My child was the conviction that got him on the registry-he was 8 but is 17 now.This perv still drives down my street.Let him come in my yard I have something for him!

  2. When I saw the story break of Michael Lahouds’ arrest in Sept. 2008 on WRAL (I had the news on in the background as I worked), I was caught completely off guard and momentarily overwhelmed with emotional paralysis. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and hearing. I was a victim (maybe the first?) many years ago when he was 28 years old and lived in Stony Hollow Apartments off Six Forks Rd. with his 2 brothers. I was 12 years old (I am now 37; my last name is also different now) and lived a 1/4 mile away on Longstreet Dr. Mr. Lahoud was my best friend’s “popular” neighbor which was what brought him into my life. He went out of his way to be attractive to the local kids. MO sound familiar? When my mother realized something was wrong with me because of my retreated attitude and eventually coaxed the information out of me, she reported it to the police and an investigation followed. Mr. Lahoud had taken “indecent liberties” with me on several occasions. With encouragement from the detective and my mother, and despite all my friends turning on me, I allowed the State to press charges, as the case was contingent on my testifying. Without going into the semantics of this farce of a trial (the DA was completely unprepared), I was utterly humiliated in front of strangers recounting the details of my molestation, my mother was made to look like a fool and inept parent, and ultimately I watched a jury find him not guilty and set him free. So when I saw this story on TV that night and then followed the story on the website, I was dumbfounded with disbelief at what I was hearing and reading. Knowing these children were experiencing what I had gone through so long ago was amazingly disconcerting. And all I could think was this is only the ones who spoke up and with whom he had been caught. I imagine there are numerous other victims, especially given all the time between the incidences. And then to see that the State had still done so little about this creep. If only I had been believed 24 years ago. This is despicable, especially seeing as he was again released on bail the last I checked. What is wrong with our judicial system? In my immature and irrational anger at his acquittal years ago, I had always wished he would hurt someone else, particularly the kids of the jury members, because of their lack of action, but never did I think it would come to fruition. In reality, I truly do not wish such shameful and painful hurt on anyone, especially a child. And yet, still no real action is being taken. This is the result of society’s complancency. I hope the parents of these children can find a way to comfort and support their children because they have no idea what is in store for them. Really, there is no determining how each is going to respond to this and how it will affect their development. I hope each as the resource to seek some help when needed, as terrible a thought as that is. Despite a tight income in our home, my mother went out her way to get me “help” and ultimately to relative success, but this never goes away. Again, I was struck dumb when I saw his face on the screen – I could never forget it as much as I would like to. I believe I could still exact the justice that is needed if given the chance. Maybe someone will – I don’t think the State is going to.


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