Jimmy Duprease Craddock – Repeat Sex Offender – Bye Bye Baby Raper


A 46-year-old Wilmington sex offender is on his way back to prison for raping a child under his care.

A New Hanover County Superior Court judge on Tuesday sentenced Jimmy Duprease Craddock to almost 25 years in prison for raping and sexually abusing a girl from the time she was 12 until she turned 16.

In a mostly empty courtroom, he pleaded guilty to 39 counts of statutory rape, first-degree sex offense, first-degree rape of a child and first-degree rape.

“We allowed him to plea so our victim does not have to take the witness stand,” said Assistant District Attorney Connie Jordan.

In the 1980s, Craddock was convicted of second-degree rape, attempted rape and indecent liberties with a child, according to the N.C. Department of Correction. The convictions stemmed from sexual crimes against a relative of the latest victim, Jordan said.

The latest convictions came to light after the victim told one of her siblings, and Craddock was arrested in April 2008.

She eventually told investigators that at least two to three times a week, Craddock “would come into her bedroom and do what he always did,” Jordan said.

A DNA sample from a comforter where Craddock had forced the girl to have sex confirmed he was the perpetrator, Jordan said. Investigators searched Craddock’s house and found pornography on his computer and images of the girl’s friends partially clothed.

In the courtroom, the first victim appeared in court, but did not speak at his sentencing.

In prison, Craddock will be classified as a recidivist, Resident Superior Court Judge Phyllis Gorham said.

Craddock was not on the state’s sex offender list for his first crimes because the law didn’t take effect until the mid 1990s, Jordan said.

That won’t happen again.

Craddock will be monitored with an ankle bracelet when he is released from prison and he will have to register as a sex offender.

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

………Sarah Tofte

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